Arsenal legend with 206 games confirms departure; Man Utd great on their way out: Transfer Center

A host of top stars across Europe are on their way now that the season is officially over.

After Paul Pogba announced his departure from Manchester United, another midfield superstar is also leaving Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, Arsenal star Alexandre Lacazette has confirmed his time with the Gunners is almost over.

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Arsenal have confirmed that striker Alexandre Lacazette will leave the Gunners once his contract expires on June 30, with the 31-year-old returning to home side Lyon.

Lacazette concludes his career at Arsenal with 206 appearances since he switched from Lyon in 2017, scoring 71 goals.

“Five years ago my dream came true.. Signing for @arsenal.. It was an honor to wear the jersey, to be part of this family. I won trophies, I met them real and nice [people]and I fell in love with this club even more,” he wrote on Instagram.

AAlexandre Lacazette is expected to return to Lyon. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Source: AFP

“Good luck to the future of the club and the fans, it was a pleasure.

“Once a shooter, always a shooter. Thank you Arsenal.”

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta paid tribute to Lacazette in a statement, calling him a “wonderful player”.

“Laca has been a fantastic player for us,” head coach Mikel Arteta said in a statement.

“He has been a real leader on and off the pitch and has been a very important influence on our younger players.

“His dedication to us has been exceptional and we wish him and his family every success and happiness.”


German international defender Antonio Rudiger has joined Chelsea with Spanish and European champions Real Madrid, the two clubs confirmed on Thursday.

The 29-year-old central defender, who did not have a contract with Chelsea, has signed a four-year contract in the Spanish capital, Real has announced.

In a statement on their official website, Madrid said Rudiger will be unveiled on June 20 during a press conference at the club’s training ground.

He is currently part of Germany’s squad for a series of UEFA Nations League matches, with Hansi Flick’s team playing Italy on Saturday and then going up against England and Hungary before facing Italy again on June 14.

Rudiger, who started his professional career at VfB Stuttgart, spent two seasons with Roma before joining Chelsea in 2017 for a reported £29 million ($36.4 million).

Antonio Rudiger goes to Madrid.Source: AFP

In his time at Stamford Bridge, Rudiger most notably won the FA Cup in 2018 and the Europa League in 2019, although he did not play in the final final.

He then helped Thomas Tuchel’s squad to win the Champions League last year. “We are saying goodbye to Antonio Rudiger on his departure from Stamford Bridge as his Chelsea contract expires, ending his five trophy-filled years at the club,” the London side said in a statement.

Rudiger joins a Real club that has just won the Champions League by beating Liverpool 1-0 in last weekend’s final in Paris.

He will battle with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Nacho Fernandez for a place at the heart of the Real defence.

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Juan Mata will be the last player to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires at the end of the month, Manchester United said on Thursday.

A major overhaul is expected at United in the coming months as new manager Erik ten Hag tries to put his stamp on the club after a hugely disappointing season.

United confirmed the departures of Paul Pogba and Jesse Lingard on Wednesday, while Nemanja Matic and Edinson Cavani will also leave the club this summer.

Mata has made 285 appearances and has won three trophies since moving from Chelsea in 2014 for £37 million.

However, the 34-year-old former Spanish international has only played a supporting role in recent seasons.

“Thank you for dedicating eight years of your career to United, Juan,” United said in a statement.

“Everyone at the club wishes you all the best for the future.”

Juan Mata, once a crucial member of United’s roster, has been banned in recent years.Source: Getty Images

BALE PINS farewell to REAL

Gareth Bale wrote a farewell letter to Real Madrid on Wednesday, ending the Welshman’s nine-year spell with the Spanish club, saying his “dream came true”.

Bale will leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of June, and the 32-year-old has yet to confirm what he will do next.

His future will likely depend on Wales qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, retiring as a possible option if they fail.

“I am writing this message to thank all my teammates, past and present, my managers, the backroom staff and the fans who have supported me,” Bale wrote in a letter to Real Madrid, which was posted on social media in both the English as the English. Spanish.

“I arrived here nine years ago as a young man who wanted to fulfill my dream of playing for Real Madrid. To wear the immaculate white kit, wear the badge on my chest, play in the Santiago Bernabeu, win titles and be a part of what it is so famous for, winning the Champions League.

“I can now look back, reflect and honestly say that this dream has become a reality and much, much more.

“To be part of the history of this club and to achieve what we achieved when I was a Real Madrid player has been an incredible experience that I will never forget.” Real Madrid later released a statement describing Bale as “a player who is now forever part of the legend of this club”, who “lived one of the best times in our history in these nine years”. “Real Madrid is and will always be his home and we wish him and his whole family every success,” the statement said.

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 28: Gareth Bale of Real Madrid watches their match win in the UEFA Champions League Final between Liverpool FC and Real Madrid at Stade de France on May 28, 2022 in Paris, France. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

After coming from Tottenham to Madrid for €100m in 2013, Bale won 19 major trophies with Real Madrid, including five Champions Leagues, three La Ligas and one Copa del Rey.

More than his trophies, Bale will be remembered for a handful of spectacular moments, including his two goals off the bench against Liverpool in the 2018 Champions League final in Kiev, the first of a stunning overhead kick.

He scored another hugely important goal in the 2014 Champions League final in Lisbon, his header to the back post gave Real Madrid the lead against Atletico Madrid in extra time as they won the club’s much-anticipated 10th European Cup.

An icy relationship with the Spanish press damaged his reputation, with aspects of his personal life – including his passion for golf and a lack of fluency in Spanish – increasingly being used to support the idea that he had lost interest in his Real Madrid- career.

The issue exploded in 2019 after Bale celebrated Wales’ qualifying for Euro 2020 by standing behind a flag that read: “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.”

Last season, Bale played just five times in La Liga and seven minutes in the Champions League, again saving his best for Wales, as he scored a hat-trick against Belarus in September and then twice against Austria in March to win their World Cup. qualification to keep hopes alive.

Real Madrid’s Spanish midfielder Isco received a heroic act from his teammates.Source: AFP


Real Madrid confirmed Isco’s departure on Wednesday, calling the Spanish midfielder a “legend of the club”.

Isco’s contract expires at the end of the month and the 30-year-old is considering his next move. He is associated with Real Betis and Sevilla.

“Real Madrid would like to express its gratitude and affection to Francisco Alarcon ‘Isco’, who, in the nine years in which he has defended our badge and shirt, has managed to become the legend of our club,” a club statement read.

“His football has left his mark on all Madridistas who have shared with him this long road full of successes with great unforgettable moments.”

Isco moved from Malaga to Real Madrid at the age of 21 and went on to win five Champions Leagues, three La Ligas and one Copa del Rey.

He made 353 appearances in his nine seasons for the club and played in four Champions League finals, including two as starters, against Juventus in 2017 and Liverpool in 2018.

But Isco has been a fringe player in recent seasons and was not picked by Carlo Ancelotti to play even one minute of Real Madrid’s last triumphant Champions League campaign.

Isco wrote a farewell message on social media on Monday. He said: “After nine years I have finished my time at the club that has made it possible for me to fulfill all the dreams I had when I was little.”

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