Major shock as Manchester United confirm departure for the end of the season
Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho’s long-time No.2 Rui Faria will leave the club this summer.
Faria has been Mourinho’s assistant for 17 years, but he is looking to move into a manager’s role, will leave his compatriot when the current campaign comes to a close.
The 42-year-old will sit on the United bench for the final time in the FA Cup final against one of his former clubs, Chelsea, next weekend at Wembley.
“After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on,” he told Manchester United’s official website.
“I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.
“My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream.
"I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.
“I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period.
"I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.
“I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.”
Faria has been linked with the role at Arsenal, as the Gunners seek a young coach to fit into the club’s new management structure when Arsene Wenger departs.
Faria first linked up with Mourinho at Portuguese minnows Uniao Leiria as a fitness coach, before following him to Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, back to Stamford Bridge and United.
Now Mourinho expects to face off against his long-time partner, “the intelligent student”, on the touchline.
17 years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.
“I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”
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