Manchester United assistant Rui Faria is to leave his role as Jose Mourinho’s long-time right-hand man as he looks to move into a managerial role of his own this summer.
Faria has worked alongside Mourinho for 17 years, helping his fellow Portuguese achieve plenty of success through their time together at Porto, and during two spells at Chelsea, while he also worked with him at Inter Milan and Real Madrid and, most recently, United.
The 42-year-old has been linked with Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s successor and Mourinho says the time is right for his trusted assistant to go out and make a name for himself.
The United boss told the club’s website: “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!”
Faria said: “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.”
Mourinho will hope Faria’s impending exit will not affect United next season as they aim to mount a serious Premier League title challenge following a second-placed finish this time around.