Manchester City will say farewell to a club legend this summer with midfielder Jill Scott moving on for a fresh challenge.
The 35-year-old has spent eight-and-a-half years with The Cityzens in which she has clocked up 194 appearances and lifted eight trophies but the time is now right for the player to move on.
When speaking to CityTV after her departure was announced, the player said that it was a surreal moment but that all good things must come to an end.
“It’s a bit surreal to be honest, I never thought that I’d be here saying goodbye to Manchester City but I suppose that’s football,” she said.
“I’ve had some great memories along the way that nobody can take away from me. All good things must come to an end.”
Scott has spent the second half of this season on loan at Aston Villa and the player went on to say that she is not hanging up her boots just yet.
“I think I can still play,” said the midfielder. “Sometimes, when you get older, people start to judge you by age but I always say that if you are fit enough and are competing and you can play then age is irrelevant.
“It’s something that I’ll definitely keep fighting for. I feel good, I picked up a little bit of a knock at the end of the season but I’m trying to get fit to be available for selection for the EUROs.”
Scott has not only left a legacy at Manchester City, the player has also built her business, BOXX2BOXX in the city. The midfielder went on to thank the fans and she hopes to see many of them visiting her coffee shop.
She said “I want to say a massive thank you, they’ve been the best fans especially for me personally.
“Whenever something happens on the pitch, they are there for me but also, when I opened the coffee shop, they’ve been there supporting me through that journey.
“We’ve built a special relationship and even when I went to Everton and Aston Villa, they were still supporting me and I thought that was an incredible thing for them to do.
“A massive thank you. I’m sure we will stay in touch wherever I end up and they know that they are always welcome to come for a coffee.”
Manchester City will pay tribute to Scott in a dedicated match next season which will be determined in due course.