Athletic Bilbao are keen on re-signing Ander Herrera, according to Spanish outlet AS.
The Spanish international last played for Bilbao in 2014. He left the club in the summer transfer window of 2014, to join Manchester United as one of Louis van Gaal’s marquee signings.
He has meshed extremely well under the Dutchman’s successor as well, as Jose Mourinho is known to value midfielders with the ability to be destroyers as well as playmakers.
The 28-year-old, who is about to enter his athletic prime, won Manchester United‘s Player of the Year award for their 2016-17 campaign.
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Ever since his move to Old Trafford, Herrera has also been one of the best big-game performers for the club, which is why it sounds unlikely that Mourinho will be willing to let go of the Spaniard.
Herrera has reportedly been in talks with the United hierarchy, but these haven’t materialized into anything concrete as of now. The midfielder will be looking for a pay rise beyond his weekly wages of £75,000 to reflect his status as a premier squad member.
Bilbao have been historically unable to pay their greatest stars on the scale of the biggest clubs in Europe. But AS believe that the Basque club is willing to make the central midfielder their highest-paid player.
Herrera himself has been unavailable for comments on his future, but it is probable that he will stay at Old Trafford for at least the 2018-19 season. Once his 5-year deal is up in 2019, he will have the freedom to pick among a host of suitors.
Apart from Bilbao, his former manager and current Barcelona gaffer Ernesto Valverde has also expressed an interest in bringing the United fan-favourite back under his wing.