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Manchester United man pens heartfelt goodbye ahead of Old Trafford departure

The Red Devils are closing in on their third summer departure

Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga has taken to social media to thank the Red Devil faithful for their ‘unbelievable support’ as he finalises a move to Nottingham Forest.

The Swede was highly-favoured by Ralf Rangnick but was sidelined for much of Erik Ten Hag’s first season in charge and is deemed surplus to requirements following the emergence of Alejandro Garnacho on the left-hand side.

Everton were thought to be in talks with Elanga, who has appeared 55 times for Manchester United during his time with the club, but it is Nottingham Forest who have instrad snapped him up, with a fee of around £15m expected to be paid for his services.

Now, Elanga has taken to social media to thank the Manchester United fans in a heartfelt message on Facebook.

“Making my debut, playing over 50 times for the first team, scoring in the Champions League and winning a trophy for this incredible club…. If you told me that all of that would happen when I arrived in England at 11 years old I would have been buzzing”, he wrote.

There are so many players and staff that have played a major role in helping to make those dreams become a reality and supported me into developing into the man that I am today. I will be forever grateful to each and every one of you.

It is the right time now for the perfect next step in my career. I’m someone who lives for football and I need to be on the pitch every week doing what I love.

I’m 100% ready to get started, excited for what comes next and as determined as ever to succeed!”

The 21-year-old will be the third departure from Old Trafford this summer, with David De Gea having seen his contract expire while defender Alex Telles has joined Al-Nassr on a permanent basis.

Dean Henderson is also expected to depart, with Nottingham Forest due to make his loan move permanent, though the potential fee is as of yet unclear.

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Ben Browning

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