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Midfielder keen to stay at Man Utd despite transfer links

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has admitted he wants to stay at the club for as long as possible, despite speculation linking him with a transfer away.

Herrera move to Old Trafford in 2014 for £28.9 million, and instantly became a fan favourite thanks to his excellent work rate and positive attitude. There were even calls in some sections of United’s support calling for Herrera to replace Wayne Rooney as the club captain.

That honour of course went to Michael Carrick, while it has been Antonio Valencia who has worn the armband for the majority of the campaign.

Despite being a favourite among the fans, the arrival of Nemanja Matic, as well as a number of injuries, has seen Herrera’s game time limited this season to just eight Premier League starts.

He has since been linked with a return to Spain, but the 28-year-old has claimed that he wants to carry on for as long as possible.

“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,” Herrera 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.”

The former Athletic Bilbao midfielder has been limited to just 31 minutes of football in the last two months due to a number of jiggling injuries, but returned to action against Swansea as a second half substitute.

Herrera added: “I haven’t had many injuries for the last two years but I’ve now been out for a few weeks and, as I say to my girlfriend, I am a very bad patient. I want to play, I want to be ready. I want to be available for the manager and for the team.”

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