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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.

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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