Manchester United were said to be in negotiations with Bilbao for the 24 year old, hoping to capitalise on the midfielder’s poor form, uncertain position in the team as well as him being open to a move to Old Trafford.
Whilst unwilling to meet his buyout clause, United were said to be putting together a package that would still see Bilbao financially rewarded for the player they signed 2 seasons ago for €8.5m.
But United’s attempts appear to be futile after Herrera claimed Bilbao is where he wants to be right now with Inside Spanish Football quoting Herrera as saying:
“I appreciate both Manchester United’s interest in me and the fact that I am considered so important to Athletic that they did not accept any bid for me.
“That means that Athletic values me above money and trust in me more than money for our current project. I’m right where I want to be. I’m not a player who wants to change teams, I’ve taken root at Athletic and it is the perfect place for me to be.”
Herrera’s stance will likely come as a blow to David Moyes as it was thought that he was lining up a January move for the player.
With him also being eligible for the Champions League, Herrera would have been a perfect option but instead Moyes and United will be forced to look elsewhere.