Former Man Utd midfielder breaks down in tears talking about his painful 2019 exit

Sarah Winterburn
Ander Herrera says Man Utd farewells in 2019

Ander Herrera broke down in tears when discussing his exit from Manchester United in a new club podcast.

The Spanish midfielder sat down at Athletic Club’s San Mames Stadium for an in-depth interview and had to leave the room to compose himself after discussing his last day at the club.

Herrera discussed his exit to PSG and the circumstances but then when he was asked if it still made him emotional, he mentioned his daughter – who joined him on the pitch at Old Trafford that day – and started crying.

As the presenters apologised for upsetting him, Herrera left the room to compose himself.

“To leave, it was difficult because six months before, five months before, I was expecting that offer for me to stay,” he said.

“I don’t want to, it’s not the moment to talk bad about anyone and I am not going to do it, but after my third season with the club I expected a little bit more from the club at that time.

“I got the Player of the Year award by the fans and the club didn’t call me that summer to sign a new contract, and they did with other players. That was painful for me, honestly.

“I think I deserved it and they didn’t do it. After, the conditions changed because I was not happy with that little moment with the club. People go through the club but the club and the badge stays the same, so I could never say one bad word about the club because I am so, so thankful.

“But that was a little bit painful. At the end of the third season, three titles, Player of the Year, and they didn’t call me in the summer so I was feeling a bit down.

“And after, they called me when I had one year left on the contract and the things, they were not right for me. I fight for the club until the last day, no problem at all, I respected my contract until the last day. But they didn’t come at the right moment in my opinion, and in my agent’s opinion, and in my family’s opinion as well.”

Herrera spent five years at Manchester United before leaving on a free transfer for PSG after 189 appearances and 20 goals for the club.

He is now back at Athletic Bilbao on loan with an option for a permanent switch.

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