Anthony Martial confirms Manchester United exit with emotional statement

Anthony Martial of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Carrington Training Ground.
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Manchester United forward Anthony Martial has confirmed that he will leave the club at the end of his contract in the summer.

It will bring to an end a nine-year spell at Old Trafford where he played 317 times, scoring 90 goals and providing 47 assists. He took to Instagram to share a video of his highlights at the club along with an emotional message to fans.

It reads: "Dear Manchester United fans,

"It’s with great emotion that I write to you today to say goodbye. After nine incredible years at the club, the time has come for me to turn a new page in my career.

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"Since I arrived in 2015, I have had the immense honour of wearing this shirt and playing in front of you, the best supporters in the world! You have been an unwavering support, through the good times and the difficult. Your passion and loyalty have been a constant source of motivation for me.

"I'd like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you've done for me. Your songs, your encouragement and your love for the club are memories that will remain engraved in my heart forever.

"I would also like to express my gratitude to all my team-mates, technical staff and all the members of the club I have met during my nine years here. I am proud to have been able to share these experiences with you.

"Manchester United will always be in my heart. This club has left its mark on my career and offered me an incredible opportunity to play in front of you. I'm leaving to take on new challenges, I'll always be a Red Devil and I'll continue to follow the club's results with passion.

"Thank you again for everything, and see you soon.

"With all my affection, Anthony Martial."

The 28-year-old hasn't made an appearance for the club since December after undergoing groin surgery. He returned to training ahead of the final games of the season but wasn't named in a matchday squad.