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Veteran midfielder Matic to quit Man United at end of season



Matic has made over 180 appearances in all competitions. PHOTO: REUTERS

Veteran Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic announced on Friday (April 15) that he will end his five-year stay at Manchester United at the end of the season.

The 33-year-old, who was signed by Jose Mourinho from Chelsea for £40million in July 2017, revealed he had told interim manager Ralf Rangnick of his decision.

“After a great deal of thought, I have decided that this season will be my last with Manchester United,” he wrote on Instagram.

“It has been a huge 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 team-mates finish as strongly as possible.”

Matic has made 17 Premier League appearances this season and was in the starting line-up in United’s last match, which ended in a 1-0 defeat at Everton.


In all, he has made over 180 appearances in all competitions.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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