Manchester United: Ander Herrera open to Real Zaragoza return

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has said that he hopes to return to Real Zaragoza for a second spell before he hangs up his boots.

Ander Herrera, who came through the Real Zaragoza youth system, would one day like to return to La Romareda before he calls time on his playing career.

The Bilbao-born midfielder started his professional career with Zaragoza's B side before spending two seasons with the senior team.

The 25-year-old then moved to Athletico Bilbao for three-years before joining Manchester United for £28.8million last summer - per the Express.

While thoroughly enjoying himself in England after a productive debut campaign at OId Trafford, Herrera hopes his career path will one day take him back to where it all began.

"I have the hope of returning to play here," Herrera told Marca.

"I am not going to be in a box. I will be in the stands waiting to see a triumph of Zaragoza. You always look at what is making the team."

Herrera has another three years remaining on his current contract at Old Trafford and last season added goals to his game, scoring six times as he helped United to finish fourth in the Premier League.

The Spain international has also been signing Louis van Gaal's praises, the man who snapped him up last summer.

"He is a very demanding person, very special," he added.

"He is a good guy, and it's true people could think that, for the image he gives off, that he is a difficult person. But he is good deep down.

"It is hard working with him, and the club is also in a reconstruction phase, with many changes, and he has shown a strong hand and character. In the end, it worked as the team ended up again where everyone wanted it to be."

The Manchester United midfielder did not receive a call-up for the latest Spain squad, as per ESPN, nor did his team-mate Juan Mata.

"It's true that I hoped to be in there. Maybe in those five minutes after the squad was announced, I was a bit disappointed," added Herrera.

"From there, I thought about resting and, that will be good for me in the long term. I always look for the positive side of things, and I have more time now to rest on my holidays.

"It is a dream I have, because we would all like it, but I am not down about it. I am already thinking about next year's Premier League, that we will fight to win it."

After an impressive debut season in the Premier League, Herrera is likely to follow in the footsteps of fellow Spaniards by setting the top-flight in England alight - Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Juan Mata, perhaps most notably, but Santi Cazorla also deserves a mention.

Herrera now needs to work on a way of getting frequent international call-ups. Manchester United fans will be hopeful that does not require leaving England for one of La Liga's giants.

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