Marcelo Bosch admits it will be a wrench to depart after confirming he will leave Saracens following six sparkling, and trophy-laden, seasons with the Men in Black.

The former Argentina international will exit Allianz Park at the end of the current campaign, having lifted two European Champions Cup and three Premiership titles during his tenure.

The centre has racked up 130 appearances for Saracens since joining from Biarritz in 2013 and claims he has nothing but happy memories.

“It’s been magnificent and I’m very grateful,” Bosch said.

“We play rugby and we are blessed to play something that we love and even more so because we’re involved in a team like this one with very good human beings involved.

“There are great people behind the scenes as well – perhaps people who aren’t on the field or not the coaches but people you cross every day who have a smile on their face and it’s great to catch up with them as well.

“It will be sad to leave because when you’re in a place you’re very happy, you love loads of things and you have made amazing memories, then it’s hard to let go.

“I want to remember this time of my life with a smile on my face and feel blessed to have lived here the past six years.”

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall led the tributes to the Argentine international.

He acknowledged the centre’s professionalism and the impact he has had over the past six years.

Some of Bosch’s most notable contributions include a last-gasp penalty from near the halfway line against Racing Metro in a European quarter-final triumph in 2015 and registering three tries as Saracens retained their European crown in the 2016-17 campaign.

“When we recruit players at Saracens, we are primarily concerned with signing good people. In Marcelo, we have a clear example of why,” McCall said.

“Chelo gives everything for his teammates every time he takes the field, playing with his trademark style and grace.

“He is a man of enormous integrity and has always put the team’s needs above his own. He has made Saracens a better club. We wish him and his family every success in the future.”

Meanwhile, Saracens take on Newcastle Falcons at Allianz Park this weekend.

The north-east club are battling relegation and sit bottom of the table, needing any points they can get, ahead of their trip to London.

But Saracens will be looking to close the nine-point gap to Exeter Chiefs at the top of the pile with a win of their own, fresh from making the Heineken Champions Cup semi-finals by beating Glasgow Warriors last time out.