Ryan Giggs is reportedly set to leave Manchester United after 29 years, with claims that he has reached a settlement with the club.
The 42-year-old joined the club’s academy when he was 14, and went on to make his debut in the first-team in March 1991.
In addition, he went on to enjoy a glittering career at Old Trafford which resulted in him winning countless trophies, but as reported by the BBC, he is set to leave this summer.
The Welshman was assistant manager to Louis van Gaal last year, but following the Dutchman’s dismissal and the arrival of Jose Mourinho as his successor, changes are expected in the coaching staff.
In turn, that has led to the agreement to part ways between Giggs and the Red Devils, as he will now likely embark on a managerial career away from the club.
While that will be a disappointment for many United supporters, particularly considering that he is the final link between the current squad and the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson, it may well be the ideal scenario for him personally.
Having been overlooked again this summer for the top job at Old Trafford, Giggs continues to be touted as a future United manager.
If that isn’t going to happen any time soon, then perhaps it makes sense for him to acquire experience and knowledge elsewhere in a different high-profile job, and return to United with the additional benefits that it will bring.
There is of course no guarantee that he will go back as he may well find himself at home elsewhere in the coming years, but if he is successful, then it would seem only natural for him to eventually take the reigns in Manchester.
United are expected to release an official statement in the coming days, and although it will be a sad day for all concerned, it will certainly be a chance to reflect on some great memories that the two parties have shared over the years.