Athletic Bilbao coach reveals Herrera has not asked to join Manchester United

by Sam Peoples

Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted that there has been some commotion with Ander Herrera after Manchester United’s reported €30 million bid was rejected.

Valverde indicated that while Herrera has not refused to play against Real Madrid in their next match, it is unknown whether he will feature.

And he also stated that Herrera has not informed Athletic Bilbao that he wants to move to Old Trafford this summer.

Speaking through the club’s official Twitter account, Valverde was quoted as saying: “In the biggest clubs you’re always prepared for a switch of players. They know it’s a environment in which they leave.

“There’s been some commotion with Ander. He’s ready to play. Whether he does play is another question.

“I have no doubts. If he plays or not, that’s the manager’s decision. Not only if the player is ready. We have Mikel who is important.

“Ander has not refused to play at Bernabeu (Athletic’s next game v Real Madrid), nor has he told me he wants to go to United.

“To play in the situation he is in is not habitual. I’ve spoken to him and he’s within conditions to play.”

Herrera’s release clause of €36 million is likely to be met by David Moyes to secure the 24-year-old midfielder after having an initial €30 million bid rejected and Valverde’s admission of the unsettled environment in Bilbao for Herrera indicates that the player does want to make the move, despite opposing claims from Valverde.

When a players release clause is met, it is up to the player whether he makes the move. It was the same situation that United found themselves in with Thiago Alcantara. If Herrera does want to make the step up, Athletic Bilbao cannot stop him.

Widely regarded as the most underrated midfielder in Bilbao, Herrera is a genuinely talented player who could bring some real quality to United’s midfield but with less than three days left in the transfer window, movement will have to be swift to secure his signature before it closes on Monday night.

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