In the modern format of the game, longevity is becoming rare – for players and managers alike. Gone are the days when talents spent long periods of time at a single club, often staying at one place for their entire careers.
These days, a club servant is rare to find, as slowly and slowly players tire of bench time and wish to fulfill their roles in destinations that best suits their tactics and pay grade.
Despite this mentality, one Manchester United player may be all set to extend his stay at Old Trafford even further.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Ander Herrera wishes to stay on at the Mancunian outfit, with his contract having entered its final year.
This stipulates that the 29-year-old can start discussing terms with foreign clubs from January of 2019 itself. Further, reports suggest that clubs from Spain are interested in signing him, with names like Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, and Valencia believed to be keen on bringing him back to his homeland.
However, the Spaniard is interested in staying on at Manchester United, where his tactical role is appreciated and still has potential to be used.
Like in the case of Marouane Fellaini, Jose Mourinho wishes to utilize Herrera for his tactical presence in important games, akin to the defensive role he played against Tottenham last week.
The parallels with the Belgian may extend even further, as negotiations between his representatives and the club have been going on for over 12 months now, and if the Fellaini case is any indication, United may be eager to carry it on till the last minute.
At the same time, the likes of David De Gea, Anthony Martial, and Luke Shaw are also in the running for fresh terms. Will Herrera get the contract he seems eager for, or does the Mancunian hierarchy have other plans?