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    Jose Mourinho long-time assistant Rui Faria to leave Manchester United at end of season

    Joe Jones

    Manchester United have announced that Jose Mourinho's assistant manager Rui Faria will leave Old Trafford at the end of the season.

    Faria, who has worked alongside Mourinho for 17 years, is expected to pursue an opportunity as a manager in his own right.

    Mourinho said: “Seventeen years… in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness. Seventeen 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 I respect his decision, especially because I know we will always be together. Be happy, brother!”

    In a statement on the United website, Faria said: “After a lot of consideration and with a very heavy heart I have decided the time is right to move on. I have had 17 years of incredible and unforgettable experiences. However, I have felt for some time 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 José 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.”

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