Bilbao: Herrera issue closed

Athletic Bilbao president Josu Urrutia considers the subject of Ander Herrera to be 'closed' after Manchester United were linked with a renewed bid for the midfielder.

Last Updated: 03/10/13 at 18:40 Post Comment

Ander Herrera: Midfielder has been linked with Manchester United again

Ander Herrera: Midfielder has been linked with Manchester United again

Urrutia claimed before the close of the summer transfer window that United made an offer for Herrera, but no deal was agreed before the deadline.

There was also an element of confusion about any possible deal following reports that three lawyers purportedly working on behalf of United had arrived at the Spanish league's headquarters to finalise the deal.

Speculation has since claimed that United boss David Moyes is ready to make a fresh approach for Herrera in January after adding just Marouane Fellaini to his midfield since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson as manager.

However, Urrutia does not want Herrera to leave Bilbao and has urged the player to focus on helping his current club to achieve success.

"I don't know what other teams will do, but I consider the Herrera issue to be closed," Urrutia told a press conference.

"Ander has a contract until 2016. All players have to focus on giving Athletic all you can give."

At the press conference, Urrutia also confirmed his intention to discuss new contracts for four members of the Bilbao squad.

Ibai Gomez, who has been linked with Tottenham, Iker Muniain, Carlos Gurpegi and Andoni Iraola are all in line for extensions with the club.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Tottenham set to make their move for Atletico Madrid's Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham will meet with Atletico Madrid to discuss a potential deal for Toby Alderweireld, according to Sky sources.

United States asks for extradition of seven FIFA officials arrested in May

The United States has asked the Swiss authorities to extradite the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich in May, the Swiss Federal Office of Justice has announced.

Manchester United's Javier Hernandez suffers suspected broken collarbone

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has been taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

Mail Box

Media Must Maintain Women's Momentum

England being English was tough luck but the media must build on the increased interest in the women's game. Also, mails on Turan, United aiming too high and BAPs...

Are United Aiming Too High On Transfers?

One mailer wonders whether United are aiming a little high on their transfer ambitions. Plus, BAHs, West Ham in Europe, petty annoyances and Michu to United...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company