Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has revealed on Twitter that he will be departing the club.
The 35-year-old, who signed for the Red Devils from Leeds United for £29.1million in July 2002, enjoyed an incredible career at the club making a total of 455 appearances.
The veteran won many trophies throughout his stint at Old Trafford - including six Premier League trophies and the Champions League. Ferdinand was also the scorer of the final goal at Old Trafford in the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
However, his time at the club is now up after playing for the final time in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Southampton this past weekend.
After revealing his Manchester United career is over, Ferdinand said on his website 5mag.co.uk: "I have thought long and hard over the last few months about my future, and after 12 fantastic years playing, for what I regard as the best club in the world, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.
"I joined Manchester United in the hope of winning trophies, and never in my wildest dreams could I have imagined how successful we would be"during my time here.
"There have been so many highlights, playing alongside some great players who have become good friends, winning my first Premier League title and also that fantastic night in Moscow are memories that I will cherish forever.
"Circumstances didn’t allow for me to say goodbye the way I would have liked but I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my teammates, staff, the club & the fans for an unbelievable 12 years that I’ll never forget.
"I am feeling fit and healthy, ready for a new challenge and looking forward to whatever the future holds for me."
Manchester United, who look set to appoint Louis van Gaal as their new manager, will now look to enter a new era as they target future success.
The Red Devils will be desperate to reclaim their place in the Champions League in the 2014/15 campaign, but will have to do it without the experience of Ferdinand.
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