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Manchester United land Herrera from Athletic

Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 18.50CET
Manchester United FC have completed the signing of Athletic Club's Ander Herrera for a fee of around €36m, with the midfielder joining on a four-year deal.
Manchester United land Herrera from Athletic
Ander Herrera has been at Athletic since summer 2011 ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Thursday 26 June 2014, 18.50CET

Manchester United land Herrera from Athletic

Manchester United FC have completed the signing of Athletic Club's Ander Herrera for a fee of around €36m, with the midfielder joining on a four-year deal.

Manchester United FC have made Athletic Club midfielder Ander Herrera the first signing of the Louis van Gaal era.

Although Athletic stated earlier on Thursday that they had rejected a €36m offer from United for Herrera, the transfer has now been completed, with the former Real Zaragoza player moving to Old Trafford on a four-year contract.

Herrera will also have the option of a further 12 months with United, for whom the 24-year-old is the first major acquisition since the announcement that Van Gaal would take the reins upon concluding his FIFA World Cup mission with the Netherlands.

The former Spanish Under-21 international leaves Bilbao after three seasons in which he helped Athletic reach the 2012 UEFA Europa League final – via home and away victories over United in the last 16 – and finish fourth in the 2013/14 Liga. He made 94 top-flight appearances for the Leones, scoring seven goals, following his 2011 arrival from Zaragoza.

Herrera said: "Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic in the Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career. I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club's objectives. I will never forget my time with Athletic and I'd like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future."

Last updated: 27/06/14 9.14CET

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