I want to play for Man United not Barcelona – Ander Herrera reveals

I want to play for Man United not Barcelona – Ander Herrera reveals

By Dave Marshall

Manchester United midfielder, Ander Herrera, has dismissed any talk of him leaving Old Trafford, insisting he has no reason to leave the club.

The 27-year-old Spain international has grown in leaps and bounds since joining from Athletic Bilbao back in 2014, and was a vital player last season for Mourinho, making 50 appearances and winning the club’s Player of the Year awards as a reward for his inspired performances.

Retrounited reported last week that Herrera is set for a huge pay rise on his current deal to ward off interest from Barcelona. He is expected to sign a new £175k-a-week deal, a move that will catapult him into the bracket of the club’s highest earners.

New Barcelona manager, Ernesto Valverde has targeted the player as a signing he would love to make as a midfielder for the Camp Nou outfit, but United have stood firm in their resolve not to let him go, meaning that the Catalan giants will have to look elsewhere for a midfielder.

Under Jose Mourinho, he has become somewhat indispensable as he offers balance to the midfielder, and helps to maintain a cohesive relationship between attack and defence, often acting as the intermediary between both.

Speaking to reporters after United’s 5-2 pre-season victory over LA Galaxy on Saturday, he said: “There is nothing certain about Barcelona because I am very happy at United,” he said after United’s 5-2 win over LA Galaxy.

“I feel valued and focused here.”

Herrera is a tough-tackling central midfielder famed for his ease both defensively and offensively. He joined United for £29m back in 2014 and has since made over 122 appearances, winning the FA Cup, Europa League, League Cup and Community Shield in that time.

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