Robin van Persie delivered a touching thank you to all Manchester United players and the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward following his move to Fenerbahce, but completely ignored Louis van Gaal, indicating that the relationship between the two had completely broken down.
The former Red Devil striker had a close relationship with United's Dutch manager when he arrived at the club last summer after guiding the Netherlands to the third place in the 2014 world Cup under Van Persie's captaincy.
But a difficult season for the former Arsenal forward saw him lose out on a place in the squad and eventually being ignored despite having one year on his contract.
The 31-year-old striker made it clear that he wanted to play regular football ahead of the 2016 European Championships in France and a Mirror report claimed that Van Persie was made to train alone following his return to pre-season training, which expedited his departure from the club and the reason for the striker ignoring Van Gaal in his farewell message.
"I had a really good moment with the players just before I left. Everyone in the squad showed me that they had appreciated my time at United. That was enough for me to leave with the right feeling," Van Persie told reporters during his unveiling in Turkey, as quoted by the Mirror.
"Let me please add one more person to thank. I highly appreciate the work of [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward in this transfer. He was the man who was very classy in all this. A true gentleman. Ed, if you are listening or watching, thank you!'' the Dutch forward added.
The striker indicated that he had no bad feelings against the club for forcing his hand, and insisted that he had had a good time with the players during his three-year stay at Old Trafford.
"I had to leave the club, and that was not a big surprise to me. I saw the situation coming. I was getting used to the situation (of being overlooked). I don't make a big deal of it. It is football for you."
"Honestly, I have no hard feelings how it has all gone. I accept it. I had a good time with the players and that is important," Van Persie explained.