Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has been released after his contract at Old Trafford expired to join Turkish club Galatasaray.
At the end of June, the Spaniard was reportedly offered a new contract, but he turned it down in order to find more playing time in the twilight of his career.
It comes after eight years with the Red Devils and having been a big part of the squad.
Towards the end of his Manchester career, it was clear he was becoming a man of urgency following the arrival of Bruno Fernandes in 2020 and Donny van de Beek the following year.
Yesterday was a busy day for the Premier League giants as the club managed to sign five new players to meet the deadline.
One of those players is a midfielder who is regularly linked with Premier League clubs such as Leeds and several La Liga clubs along the way.
according Express deliveryMata completed the move after negotiations continued throughout the week.
It comes 98 days after his free transfer from Manchester United, and the 34-year-old joins a squad with plenty of familiar faces such as Mauro Icardi and Dries Mertens.
It would be seen as a good move for the veteran midfielder who will no doubt end his career in Turkey.
Mata has been a fantastic player in the dressing room, mentoring young players and becoming a true leader, even though he’s not captain.
This Manchester Evening News Mata had a message for fans on social media after Galatasaray announced the move.
“I feel good. I’m excited and motivated,” Mata said.
“I’m grateful to be here. Everyone is so friendly. I can’t wait to win with Galatasaray.
“Everyone tells me how great the vibe is in this place. I wait for the moment when I will experience it.
“I can’t wait to fight in front of our fans. Galatasaray are the most successful team in Turkey. They are also a club that has a place in football history.
“Thank you all for the warm welcome.”
Mata has signed a one-year contract with the Turkish giants, with the option of extending it for another year.
Manchester United fans will be supporting the midfielder on his new journey and wishing him the best in his long career.