Angel Gomes has penned an emotional letter to the Manchester United fans as his 14 year association with the club comes to an end.
The teenager is highly-rated within the Old Trafford corridors and they tabled a deal worth £25,000-a-week to keep him.
But Gomes knocked it back and is now poised to join French side Lille on a long term contract.
Chelsea were in the hunt for his signature for a period with Blues director Marina Granovskaia holding discussions with the player.
Gomes is now set to spend a year away from Ligue 1 with Portuguese side Boavista in an effort to secure first team football.
But before that the youngster has posted a farewell message on his Instagram.
"It’s took me a while because it’s not been easy to put my emotions into words," wrote Gomes.
"Sadly the time has come to end a beautiful chapter that has been my life for 14 years.
"Being from Salford, Manchester United is all I have ever known. I went from playing on my estate, pretending to be Wayne Rooney to being in the academy and doing the same.
"May 21st 2017 I made my Premier League debut for the club of my dreams aged 16 replacing the legend himself 'Wayne Rooney'.
"I want to thank every single individual at the club for the help and encouragement I received, from the very first time I signed at the club.
"I want to thank all the coaches from every age group that looked after me from 6 to now. To all the kit men, Kath the receptionist, the media team, the security, the staff at the cliff, the staff at Littleton road, the staff at Carrington to the cleaners, you all played a part in getting me to where I am today.
"It is time I take the next step in my career, I hope you can all be proud of what I go on to achieve. I wish the club and everyone involved the best of luck, you will all be missed more than you can imagine. I also want to thank the fans, your SUPPORT hasn’t gone unnoticed.
"Once a RED always a RED. UTID Angel Gomes."
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