Manchester United have confirmed that Rui Faria will leave his post as assistant manager at the end of the season. Having joined the club with Jose Mourinho two years ago, it appears as though Faria is looking to move on to the post of a manager elsewhere.

After a lot of consideration, and with a very heavy heart, I have decided the time is right for me to move on.

I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time that I would like to spend much more quality time with my family before pursuing any new challenge in my professional life.

My heartfelt thanks go to the manager, Jose Mourinho, for the belief he had in me, all those years ago, when it all was just a student dream. I would like to thank him for the opportunity and confidence, for the knowledge and experience, but most importantly for his friendship.

I would also like to thank Manchester United and all the clubs where I have had the privilege of working during this period. I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all the staff and players who, in different ways, have made an important contribution to my growth as a person and as a professional.

Faria has worked with Mourinho for all 17 years of his coaching career. They first met when Mourinho was the assistant manager at Barcelona and when Jose took up his managerial post at União Desportiva de Leiria he appointed Faria as his fitness coach. Faria has followed him to every club since, with Mourinho wishing the best for his friend as he looks for a new challenge.

I wish you all the best for the future, knowing that you will always be my close friends.

17 years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness.

17 years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.

I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!