Valverde oversaw Herrera’s departure to Old Trafford back in 2014 and has expressed an interest in placing him at the axis of Barcelona’s midfield.
The Spaniard has enjoyed his finest season yet as a Man United player, making 50 appearances and deservedly claiming the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award earlier this month.
And according to the Telegraph‘s James Ducker, Herrera will rebuff any interest from the Catalan giants and instead look to extend his contract at United.
An offer from Barcelona would turn the heads of most players, but Herrera, over the course of three seasons, has visibly developed a burgeoning love for the club and indeed for life in Manchester as a whole.
The 27-year-old, following an ambiguous spell under Louis van Gaal, has finally found his calling under Mourinho: to serve as United’s designated midfield Pit bull, swiping the ball away from opponents at every turn and, crucially, winding up rival supporters in the process.
His desire for a new deal, above anything, indicates that Herrera views the 2016/17 season as just the start of something truly special at United.