Ander Herrera: Manchester United confirm signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder
The 24-year-old Spaniard has signed a four-year deal
Thursday 26 June 2014
The 24-year-old Herrera will join on a four-year contract with United saying that they trigged a buyout clause in Herrera's contract, worth a reported £29m.
Herrera will be tasked with helping the 20-time English champions return to the Premier League's top four to qualify for the Champions League after finishing in seventh place last month.
United's dire form in the first season following Alex Ferguson's retirement led to David Moyes being fired as manager. Van Gaal was hired last month, but won't take charge until completing the World Cup with the Netherlands.
Ryan Giggs, who stayed on as a temporary stint in charge as assistant manager, said Herrera was signed for his "great energy and creativity."
"We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain," Giggs said. "I'm looking forward to seeing him in action on our summer tour to America."
Herrera becomes the first signing of Louis van Gaal's tenure, and had caught the eye when he played for Bilbao in the surprise 3-2 defeat of United at Old Trafford in a last-16 Europa League tie in March 2012
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