Ander Herrera says Manchester United did not do enough to convince him to sign a new contract with the club. The Spain international turned down a new deal at Old Trafford and last week he completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer.
United had been keen to keep hold of Herrera, who spent five years in Manchester, but the 29-year-old has now revealed that the club’s dithering approach to offering him a new contract ultimately led to his decision to move on to pastures new. “I do not like looking at the past very much, but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it,” Herrera told Marca.
“I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club and the fans for it and also to Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things did not happen, they (United) arrived late, and by then I had already made the decision to play in Paris.” It is not all bad news for United, however, as Herrera does not expect goalkeeper David de Gea to join him in Paris, although the French club are believed to be interested in the 28-year-old.
“David is my friend,” Herrera added. “I have a great relationship with him and, of course, he is one of the best in the world, for me, one of the top three, but here there are already two great goalkeepers. “There is [Alphonse] Areola, who is growing a lot, and now [Kevin] Trapp returns after completing a great season at Eintracht Frankfurt. First of all, respect the people who are already there and I expect Trapp and Areola to have a great season.”