Ander Herrera: Signing for Man United is a dream

Ander Herrera expresses his delight after Manchester United confirm deal to sign midfielder on a four-year deal

Ander Herrera has expressed his delight at joining Manchester United after the Red Devils confirmed a deal to sign the midfielder from Athletic Bilbao on a four-year contract.

The Spanish club rejected a £29m bid from United for the player on Thursday morning but the Red Devils triggered the buyout clause in the 24-year-old’s contract to complete the transfer.

I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt

Ander Herrera

“Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true,” Herrera told United’s website.

“I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far. I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club’s objectives.

“Having arrived on Tuesday, I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.

“I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future.”

Herrera joined Athletic from Real Zaragoza in 2011 and has since made 128 appearances, scoring 11 goals. He has been capped by Spain at Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 level.

“Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity,” said assistant manager Ryan Giggs.

“We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans.

“I’m delighted he has made the decision to come to Manchester and play his part in the club’s future. I’m looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America.”

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