Manchester United have announced that club veteran Ashley Young will be departing for Inter Milan. The captain arrived at Old Trafford from Aston Villa over eight years ago, serving as a venerable example both on and off the pitch.
Young took the time to thank his club and the fans for his time in Manchester.
The midfielder-turned-defender departs northern England having only appeared in 12 of 22 matches this campaign. The 34-year-old has seen his minutes wax and wane over the past several seasons, but has always been flexible in his deployment, acting as an indispensable piece during United's injury-ridden spells.
Young was one of the few players that spanned the time from Sir Alex Ferguson all the way to former United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, playing under five different managers in his 8.5 seasons at Old Trafford. Now, he'll rejoin former teammates Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez at Inter Milan. His new club currently sits second in the Serie A table, just two points off leaders Juventus.
Reports are that the transfer fee amounted to €1.5 million and the Italian side has retained Young's talents on an 18-month contract. This will be the England international's first time playing for a club outside of his home country, having been brought up through the Watford academy before moving to Aston Villa, and ultimately, United. He contributed 19 goals and 43 assists across all competitions in his time in Manchester, winning six trophies.