Manchester United have reportedly decided to prolong Ander Herrera’s stay at Old Trafford by triggering the 12-month option on his contract. The Spain international was initially due to leave United on a free at the end of the season, but the latest extension will see him committed until the summer of 2019.
The 28-year-old had a strong campaign during his Jose Mourinho’s first season in charge last term where he was voted as the club’s Player of the Year. The Spaniard played a key role in United’s EFL Cup and Europa League success – the latter in which he was named the man of the match.
With the likes of Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini back to full fitness, Herrera finds himself back on the substitutes’ bench, but United have nevertheless taken the option of securing his services for an additional year as talks continue over a potential long-term deal.
The likes of Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been credited with an interest in Herrera of late, but the Spaniard is deemed to be happy in the North West where he has settled with his family over the past couple of seasons.
With United still alive across all competitions, Herrera is likely to have chances to impress in the starting lineup, although his chances of making the Spain World Cup squad look bleak with the reduced gametime.