Angel Gomes has signed for Lille following his departure from Manchester United last month.
The 19-year-old will immediately go out on loan to Boavista after joining the Ligue 1 side.
Gomes left Manchester United on July 1 when his contract had finished after rejecting a new deal to stay at the club.
He began his career at Old Trafford at the age of five and made his first-team debut in May 2017, becoming the youngest player to play for the club (at 16 years, 263 days old) since Duncan Edwards in 1953.
Opportunities, though, have been limited for Gomes, a World Cup winner with England U17 in 2017.
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It’s took me a while because it’s not been easy to put my emotions into words. Sadly the time has come to end a beautiful chapter that has been my life for 14 years. Being from Salford, Manchester United is all I have ever known. I went from playing on my estate, pretending to be Wayne Rooney to being in the academy And doing the same. May 21st 2017 I made my premier league debut for the club of my dreams aged 16 replacing the legend himself ‘Wayne Rooney’. I want to thank every single individual at the club for the help and encouragement I received, from the very first time I signed at the club. I want to thank all the coaches from every age group that looked after me from 6 to now. To all the kit men, Kath the receptionist, The media team, the security, the staff at the cliff, the staff at Littleton road, the staff at Carrington to the cleaners, you all played a part in getting me to where I am today. It is time I take the next step in my career, I hope you can all be proud off what I go on to achieve. I wish the club and everyone involved the best of luck, you will all be missed more than you can imagine. I also want to thank the fans, your SUPPORT hasn’t gone unnoticed. Once a RED always a RED 🔴🔴🔴 UTID Angel Gomes
He made just eight appearances for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer since he replaced Jose Mourinho as manager in December 2018 and had yet to make a Premier League start.
United wanted Gomes to stay at the club and fulfil the potential that saw him win the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year Award in 2017.
But Gomes decided it was time for a new challenge and will spend the season in Portugal after signing for French club Lille.
Why Gomes left Manchester United
James Cooper, Sky Sports News' North West reporter:
The first place to start when discussing just how and why Angel Gomes left Manchester United is to make it clear that people at the club, including Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, wanted him to remain at Old Trafford.
United wanted Gomes to continue his development after becoming the first player born in the 21st century to play for the club in the Premier League.
I guess that begs the question, then, why a career that started at United for Gomes as a five-year-old in 2006 has come to an end this week? The answer probably has many strands to it.
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There was a deal on the table from United for a long period of time and after signing up other youngsters recently, it was hoped that Gomes would follow suit by putting pen to paper. But the numbers didn't add up for the 19-year-old and his advisors.
Solskjaer became irked at the frequency of questions about Gomes' future in recent days, partly because no progress had been made on agreeing a deal and also because he wanted to retain the player in his first-team squad.
It's fair to say a long drawn-out contract dispute wouldn't have helped the midfielder's case for selection with Solskjaer demanding commitment and loyalty from members of his squad but that doesn't mean to say that Gomes' pedigree and the achievement of captaining England's U17s to the World Cup in 2017 weren't appreciated, they were.
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