Solskjaer convinces Manchester United midfielder Herrera to sign new contract

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly convinced Ander Herrera to stay at Manchester United.

The midfielder has just six months remaining on his current Manchester United contract and is free to talk to any foreign clubs regarding a free transfer at the end of the season.

He had been tipped to leave the club after becoming a peripheral figure of the United starting XI under Jose Mourinho, but is firmly a favourite of caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has selected him to start in three of his four games in charge.

Now, according to a report in The Sun, Solskjaer has convinced the Spaniard to extend his stay at Old Trafford, with the Norwegian though to be impressed with Herrera’s affection towards the club.

Herrera has been linked with a return to his former club Athletic Bilbao, with sporting director Rafael Alkorta confirming their interest in re-signing a whole host of former players.

“We are interested in Javi Martinez, Ibai, Ander Herrera, Fernando Llorente… we’re interested in all of them,” Alkorta told Cadena Ser.

“We still haven’t made progress. We’ll get together on Tuesday to see what can be done. I have just returned and this week we will look at our options.”

Athletic have a strict policy of only signing players from the Basque region.

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