Thursday 26 June 2014
Manchester United have announced the signing of midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao.
The 24-year-old Spaniard moves to Old Trafford after United triggered the buyout clause in his contract with La Liga club. Herrera has signed a four-year deal, with an option to extend the contract for a further year.
"Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true," he told the United website. "I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA 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.
"Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity"
"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."
Bilbao-born Herrera began his youth career at Zaragoza before moving in 2011 to Athletic Bilbao, where he made 128 appearances and scored 11 goals. In the 2011/12 season, he helped Bilbao reach the final of the UEFA Europa League in Bucharest, beating United on the way.
He has been capped by Spain at Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 level and scored for his country's U-21 side as they drew 1-1 with England in the European Championship in 2011.
Herrera is the first signing made by United since they appointed Louis van Gaal as manager.
"Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity," Ryan Giggs, the United assistant manager, said. "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."
To view United's pre-season schedule, which started with a match against LA Galaxy on 23 July, click here. They will open their 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Swansea City on 16 August.