Manchester United are expecting a big turnover of players at Old Trafford this summer. The imminent arrival of Louis Van Gaal as Manchester United manager will excite fans, as a number of top players will be interested in linking up with the 62-year-old coach. But one man who won’t be at Old Trafford is Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been linked with a move to The Reds for the past 18 months, with Manchester United reportedly close to signing him last summer.
Herrera, a former Spanish U21 international, however, is a rare breed in footballing terms as he appears to prefer to stay at hometown club Athletic Bilbao, instead of pursuing a more lucrative playing career at one of Europe’s bigger clubs.
With Athletic Bilbao now qualified for next season’s Champions League, Manchester United will have to look elsewhere this summer, as Herrera says he’s going nowhere:
'I have already made it clear, I do not want to leave Athletic and I won't. We have a great team and worked really hard to get where we are. We have proven our level even without Fernando and Javi. Above all else, Athletic and I are on the same path. This is where I belong. Some have said that Del Bosque may be interested in calling me up for the World Cup, that would make me happy. But I do not want to leave Athletic. My place is here and I am very happy, he said via Athletic Bilbao’s English Twitter site.
Herrera has been in decent form for the Basque side this season, scoring five goals and assisting a further five in 30 La Liga starts.
With this summer’s World Cup in Brazil just one month away, he still has an outside shot of making Vicente Del Bosque’s 23-man Spanish squad.