Manchester United have triggered a one-year extension clause in Ander Herrera’s contract, per the Daily Mail.
The Basque-born midfielder, who was an integral part of Jose Mourinho’s team during the 2016/17 season, had a contract until the end of the 2018 season, but now, he’ll remain at the Theatre of Dreams until June 2019 at the earliest.
Apparently, Spanish giants Atletico Madrid have shown severe interest in the former Athletic Club player, but Herrera is more than happy to remain in Manchester under the guidance of Mourinho.
It makes complete sense to activate this clause. Why risk losing him for free next summer? Its just a way the Old Trafford club can protect their assets for a bit longer, and if they see fit, they have plenty of time to offer Herrera a long-term contract to remain a Red Devil.
Alright, Herrera hasn’t been anywhere near his best this term, but I’d put that down to a lack of consistency. He’s found minutes hard to come by this term, and when he has been played, it has been in sporadic spurts, meaning Herrera has found it hard to find his rhythm. With that said, I fully expect him to start playing up to his high standards now that this contract dispute is firmly behind him.