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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho: 'I will miss Rui Faria'

Jose Mourinho: 'I will miss Rui Faria'
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Jose Mourinho thanks Rui Faria for his 17 years of service as his long-serving assistant prepares to move into the world of football management.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has backed Rui Faria to carve out a "successful career as a manager" following his long-serving assistant's decision to go it alone.

Faria announced on Saturday evening that he will step down as his Portuguese compatriot's right-hand man this summer, bringing an end to their 17-year association.

The 42-year-old, reportedly in contention to replace Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, intends to try his luck as a manager in his own right.

Mourinho admits that he will be upset to see Faria move on after next weekend's FA Cup final against Chelsea, but has wished the ex-Chelsea, Porto, Inter Milan and Real Madrid assistant the best of luck.

"Seventeen years... in Leiria, Porto, London, Milan, Madrid, London again and Manchester. Training, playing, travelling, studying, laughing and also a few tears of happiness," he told the club's official website.

"Seventeen years and the kid is now a man. The intelligent student is now a football expert, ready for a successful career as a manager.

"I will miss my friend and that is the hardest thing for me, but his happiness is more important and, of course, I respect his decision, especially because I know that we will always be together. Be happy, brother!"

Faria started off his career as a fitness coach at Uniao Leiria before becoming Mourinho's assistant at Chelsea in 2004.

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