Manchester United transfer news: Herrera slammed, Fellaini on his future

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Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has criticised Ander Herrera for the way he left the club to join Manchester United.

The 24-year-old midfielder was the subject of interest from the Red Devils last summer, but he stayed on at the Spanish outfit for the 2013-14 campaign.

However, last month, Herrera moved to the Manchester outfit on a four-year deal for a transfer fee of £28.85 million (€36m) after himself buying out his contract with Bilbao.

Bilbao’s president has now said that he expected the former Real Zaragoza midfielder to remain at the club for the 2014-15 campaign.

‘For us, Ander Herrera was a player we expected to stay at the club’, ITV Sport quotes him as saying. ‘According to what he said, Ander was delighted to be here and his only aspiration was to stay here’.

Another United player who has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford is Marouane Fellaini. The 26-year-old midfielder is currently on World Cup duty with the Belgium national team.

Fellaini joined United from Everton for £27.5m last summer, but had a disappointing debut season for the Manchester outfit in 2013-14.

The former Standard Liege star’s future at United is reportedly under doubt, and he has now admitted that his next move will be decided only after the World Cup.

‘We will see after the World Cup’, he told Sky Sports News when asked whether he will still be a United player next season.

Patrice Evra may have signed a contract extension at United, but the France international has still been strongly linked with a switch to Italian champions Juventus.

The 33-year-old defender is currently in Brazil playing for Les Bleus at the World Cup, and his agent is also in the South American country to talk to the left-back, according to Sky Sport Italia.

Meanwhile, United defender Phil Jones and midfielder Michael Carrick are looking forward to the 2014-15 campaign and are determined to bounce back from a disastrous 2013-14 season in which they failed to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

‘We’ll reflect and I’ll try and look forward to the start of the season’, the Manchester Evening News quotes Jones as saying. ‘But I’m going to have a break now before we start on United’s pre-season in America’.

Carrick added: ‘Last season counts for nothing, for everyone. We go into this fresh and really positive and looking forward to a successful campaign. I’m not going into this season any different to how I have any other’.

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