Ander Herrera’s salary woes sending him to France


Spain midfielder Ander Herrera will leave Manchester United at the end of the season - it is confirmed on social media after widespread speculation regarding his contract. The 29-year-old Basque, who joined the club under Louis van Gaal from Athletic Bilbao in 2014, has decided to leave Manchester after agreeing terms with Paris St-Germain.

United did attempt to keep the central midfielder but there was no agreement over the contract terms. Herrera is one of the longest-serving players at the club and he asked for a wage similar to the club's top earners but the club refused it. United felt it was too much so the five-year story is going to end. His contract has not been updated and improved since his arrival from Athletic Bilbao, leaving him behind many players on the salary scale.

It is assumed that Herrera will not play any part in Sunday's final Premier League match against Cardiff at Old Trafford. Leaving him without a proper send-off from the fans. He scored 20 goals in 189 appearances for United and won the Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup.

Until Saturday there were no official statements about the transfer but Spaniard removed any doubt with an emotional message for the fans: "There is red in my heart, I knew it from the first time I played here and in the moment I started to hear it," Herrera said. "A club with thousands of fans who respect and remember all the players who give everything. I felt special when I heard my name chanted. I am going to remember each of the almost 200 matches that I have played with this jersey. Because playing for the greatest club in England, has been a true honour. Thanks for these five amazing years."

English media reports that he has shaken hands on a three-year deal with PSG, where he will move as a free agent in the upcoming transfer window. United, meanwhile will hope that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can form a plan to fire the Red Devils back into the battle for Champions League places next season. It is expected from Norwegian to offload defenders Antonio Valencia, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo this summer while there are big doubts over the futures of Alexis Sanchez and Eric Bailly.


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