Marouane Fellaini has joined Chinese Super League side Shandong Luneng from Manchester United for a transfer fee of £10.5 million.
The 31-year-old had earlier posted pictures of himself at Brussels airport as he prepared to head off and finalise a deal.
Fellaini joined United from Everton for £27m in 2014 when he became the first significant signing after Sir Alex Ferguson’s departure as manager.
He signed a new two-year deal last summer that was due to run until 2020.
“Everybody at United thanks Marouane for his service and wishes him well for the future as he completes his move to Shandong Luneng Taishan FC in China,” the club said in a statement.
A change in manager, though, was always going to see questions asked of the Belgian. He managed just three minutes of Premier League action under interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
With it clear that he had no future under the current regime, and potentially beyond that, the decision was quickly taken to allow him to move on.