Manchester United will reportedly resist Atletico Madrid’s approach to sign Ander Herrera by triggering the one-year extension clause on his contract. The Spain international has been a regular fixture in the United lineup of late owing to injuries to midfield duo Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini.
According to The Sun, United boss Jose Mourinho is determined to keep hold of Herrera, and will invoke the 12-month option in the midfielder’s contract, should a contract extension not be finalised by the turn of the year.
Herrera put in a consistent showing during Mourinho’s first season in-charge last term, and this saw him rewarded with his maiden cap for Spain. The midfielder also played a key role in the club’s EFL Cup and Europa League success, and he ended up being voted as the club’s Player of the Year.
The 28-year-old’s performances have not been up to scratch during the current campaign, but the Portuguese tactician is nevertheless prepared to commit the Spaniard to an additional year than allow him to make a Bosman move to La Liga next summer.
Herrera has previously revealed his ambition to fight for his position at Old Trafford, and the Spaniard could yet revive his old form – just as Fellaini did after getting a year’s extension at Manchester United earlier in January.