Nemanja Matic will have a year remaining on his Manchester United contract at the end of the season, but he will leave anyway.
Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has confirmed he will leave the club at the end of the season.
Matic signed for United from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2017 and swiftly established himself as a crucial part of Jose Mourinho’s side, starting 35 top-flight games in his first season at the club.
His role lessened under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but the former Serbia international nevertheless signed a new deal in July 2020, extending his stay at Old Trafford until the end of 2022-23.
However, having made only 11 Premier League starts this season.
Matic has announced it will be his final campaign with the club.
The 33-year-old wrote in a post on his official Instagram account:
“After a great deal of thought, I have decided that this season will be my last with Manchester United.
“I have informed the board, the manager and the players of my decision.
“It has been an enormous honour and a privilege to play for this great club. A big thank you to the fans for their unwavering support.
“I will now give everything until the end of the season to help my teammates finish as strongly as possible.”
Matic could be the first of a mass exodus at United ahead of 2022-23, with fellow midfielders Juan Mata, Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard all out of contract at the end of June.
It is uncertain as to who will be in permanent charge of United next season.
Though it has been widely reported that Ajax coach Erik ten Hag reached a verbal agreement earlier this week.
So, what’s next?
The Red Devils, who are chasing Champions League qualification, will have Matic playing the remaining games.
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