Anthony Martial has officially announced his departure from Manchester United with the end of his contract. The 28-year-old French international, who joined the club in 2015 for 60 million euros from Monaco, expressed his gratitude and emotion in a heartfelt message.

He cost Manchester United 60 million euros and now leaves 'for free'

Anthony Martial had already bid farewell in his last game for Manchester United, but now, with the end of his contract, he has officially announced his departure from the Old Trafford club.

"It is with great emotion that I write to say goodbye. After nine incredible years, it is time to turn the page. It was an honor to wear this shirt. Manchester United will always be in my heart; this club has left a mark on my career," wrote the 28-year-old French international.

It should be remembered that, in the summer of 2015, the "Red Devils" paid 60 million euros to Monaco to sign the forward. Martial was one of the most expensive teenagers at the time, arriving with high expectations. Over his nine years at the club, Martial had moments of brilliance, contributing significantly during various seasons with his goals and assists.

Despite his undeniable talent, Martial's tenure at Manchester United was marked by inconsistency and injuries. He showed glimpses of his potential, particularly during the 2019-2020 season when he was the club's top scorer. However, recurring injuries and changes in management often disrupted his momentum.

As he departs, Martial leaves behind a mixed legacy. While some fans will remember his dazzling debut goal against Liverpool and his knack for crucial strikes, others may reflect on the periods of unfulfilled promise. Nevertheless, his technical skills, pace, and ability to produce moments of magic on the field made him a notable figure at the club.

Martial's departure opens a new chapter for both the player and Manchester United. For Martial, it represents an opportunity to revive his career elsewhere and consistently showcase his abilities. For Manchester United, it marks the end of an era and the chance to reinvest in new talent as they continue their quest for success.

As Martial moves on, he leaves with gratitude for his time at Manchester United and the memories created. His farewell message underscores the emotional bond he formed with the club and its supporters, highlighting the mutual respect and admiration that developed over nearly a decade.