Ander Herrera has confirmed that he will be leaving Manchester United when his contract with the club expires at the end of the season. The 29-year-old joined from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 and has gone on to play 189 games for the club in all competitions, scoring 20 goals. Herrera was part of the United side that lifted the FA Cup in 2016 followed by the EFL Cup and Europa League in 2017, while he was named the club’s player of the year for the 2016-17 season. Ligue 1 champions PSG are reportedly leading the race to sign Herrera when his contract with United officially expires at the end of June.
In a statement posted on the club’s official Twitter account, Herrera said: ‘There is red in my heart, I knew it from the first time I played here and in the moment that I started to wear it. ‘A club with thousands of fans that respect and remember all the players who give everything. ‘I felt special when I heard my name chanted. I felt proud when the fans decided I was part of this incredible history. ‘Everytime I represented this club, in every game, in wins and losses, even when I couldn’t help from the grass, I understood what this club means.
‘I am going to remember each of the almost 200 matches that I have played with this jersey. ‘Because playing for the greatest club in England has been a true honour. ‘Thanks for these five amazing years.’ United fans have responded in their droves to the news with many lamenting the departure of the Spanish midfielder who has become a cult hero during his time with the club. Earlier in the week, former United captain Gary Neville insisted that Herrera leaving would be a ‘loss’ due to the professionalism and commitment he has shown at Old Trafford. ‘You need people like Ander Herrera, who has done a brilliant job, he’s been a great pro, he’s been good to the club, he’s behaved well. Everything’s been right about him,’ Neville said.