Ander Herrera has been speaking to Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo about various things, but towards the end of his interview came questions about the midfielder’s future.
With a year left on his Manchester United contract, after the club used their option to extend with the Spaniard, Mundo Deportivo wanted to know if Herrera will be answering the telephone to interested clubs this summer.
“I am going to fulfil the year that I have left but I don’t know if I will renew. We have started talking, although nothing has been decided yet.”
Hererra played a big part in Manchester United’s derby win at the weekend but hasn’t generally been an important player under Jose Mourinho, on the subject of a difficult season, he answered: “Obviously I am happier when I play, but it also comforts me to be physically well, to train to the fullest and go home with the assurance of having given everything.”
Then asked about his relationship with the Manchester United manager, Herrera explained: “It’s very good. Mourinho backs you up if you give it your all and that’s how I understand football. In the personal treatment he is a direct and frontal person. He has no problems in telling you what he thinks. He never goes behind the back.
“One of the things that I value most about Mourinho is that he doesn’t care what they say about him. It is a brutal quality because the human being tends to be affected by what they say and, instead, apparently not.”
Herrera is occasionally linked with a move to Barcelona, albeit very weakly, and Mundo Deportivo asked him about it, and he typically frank: “You may have sometimes thought of me as one of the fifteen alternatives on your list, but I cannot say that I was about to sign.”