David de Gea’s coach has left Manchester United.
Emilio Alvarez, 47, joined United in 2016 to work closely with the Spaniard, having previously mentored De Gea while he was at Atletico Madrid.
De Gea has credited Alvarez with helping him to become one of the world’s best goalkeepers.
It is understood that the recruitment of Alvarez was influential in keeping De Gea happy at Old Trafford amid interest from Real Madrid.
However, De Gea’s sudden dip in form last season prompted questions about Alvarez’s methods and his relationship with United’s other goalkeepers is understood to have become strained.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer brought back former academy coach Richard Hartis as the club’s senior coach in June.
Alvarez and De Gea are also understood to have drifted apart in recent weeks – their working relationship being described as ‘more perfunctory’.
De Gea agreed a new contract with United earlier this month worth £375,000-a-week and is expected to work with Hartis more intensely.
Alvarez said his goodbyes on Friday and United said in a statement: “Manchester United confirms that Emilio Alvarez is leaving the club.
“Emilio joined as Goalkeeper coach in 2016 and has been instrumental in developing and coaching the first team goalkeepers during his time in Manchester.”
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Solskjaer added: “I would like to thank Emilio for all his help and hard work since my return to the club.
“We all wish him well for the future.”
Meanwhile, Alvarez said: “I will always be proud of belonging to this club. Wishing you every success in your endeavours.”
Former Watford coach Martin Perch has been added to Solskjaer’s backroom staff. Perch is primarily a fitness coach.