OManchester United midfielder Ander Herrera says he has no plans to leave the club despite losing his place in the starting lineup this season, reports The Sun.
The 28-year-old, who joined United from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has struggled for playing time in 2017/18. Herrera was a regular under Jose Mourinho last season but has found himself behind Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay in the pecking order this campaign.
The lack of activity has led to uncertainty over his future at Old Trafford, with less than 18 months remaining on his contract and interest coming from Serie A side AC Milan in recent weeks, but the Spaniard says he has no interest in leaving Manchester United.
“I have already played more than 150 games for this club and I want to keep adding games and trying to play as well as possible because one day when I retire from football, I will say I had the chance to play for the greatest club in England,” he told the United Review.
“So, I want to enjoy every moment, not only the matches but also at the training ground. The first thing to be able to do that is to be fit and that’s why I am so happy to be back with the team.”
Herrera has made only eight Premier League starts for United this season, racking up less than 900 minutes of playing time in the top-flight. The 28-year-old has been short of form, struggling to retain possession and making uncharacteristic mistakes, but he looks set to stick around this summer.
His contract situation needs to be resolved, however, as the midfielder could yet leave on a free transfer in 2019 unless the two parties can come to an agreement. The good news is his comments suggest he’d be open to talks.