‘Legend, magician, mentor and true friend’ – Bruno Fernandes in gushing post about Juan Mata after Man Utd exit

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BRUNO FERNANDES has hailed Juan Mata as the Spaniard prepares to leave Manchester United.

The popular Spaniard joined Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014.

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Juan Mata received a sweet goodbye from Man Utd star Bruno FernandesCredit: PA

Although not a regular starter, he made 285 appearances for the club.

Mata, 34, follows Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard in leaving on a free transfer but received a glowing tribute from the Red Devils on his exit.

Now, while sharing several snaps together, Fernandes has offered his own tribute to the striker on social media.

He wrote: “A legend, a magician, a mentor and a true friend!

“Couldn’t be luckier to find someone to look up to and learn from in this debut at @ManUtd and the @premierleague.

“It was a pleasure to play alongside you, but more than that it was amazing after this time to have you as a friend.”

Mata has scored 51 goals and provided 47 assists in his 284 appearances for United.

Despite his advanced age, Mata is unlikely to retire this summer.

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While his next club is currently unknown, The temperature have signaled that he may be willing to stay in England.

And he refuses to rule out a potential move to a Premier League rival.

Mata has already been linked with a return to Spain, Barcelona are reportedly interested.

However, the cash-strapped Catalan giants might struggle to cover his wages.

Real Sociedad are also said to be interested in the midfielder.

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