Juan Mata unveiled at Galatasaray and Manchester United stars react
Juan Mata has sealed a move to Turkish side Galatasaray after his release from Manchester United.
The Super Lig side are best remembered among United fans for European Cup clashes in the 1990s, one of which saw Eric Cantona sent off and escorted to the dressing room by police.
Mata hopes for a longer and happier time at Galatasaray, signing a two-year contract with the club, which finished a lowly 13th place in Turkey last season.
He is the final senior player released by Manchester United to find a new club.
Juan Mata unveiled at Galatasaray
They say a deal is never official until a player is pictured wearing the shirt, and Juan Mata has duly obliged, pictured in a Galatasaray kit.
He shared a picture via his Instagram page to express his delight at the next step in his career.
Mata’s announcement was followed by congratulatory messages from Manchester United teammates past and present.
The Spaniard was a very popular player at United, signing for the club in 2014 before leaving this summer.
At 34, Mata still has plenty more to offer, impressing for Manchester United in a late end of season win over Brentford back in April.
A move to Galatasaray presents a good stage for him to continue his career, and is far better than a rumoured switch to Leeds.