Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera’s contract is due to expire this summer and the Spaniard still hasn’t signed a contract extension at the Old Trafford.
There are rumours floating around of him agreeing on a deal with Paris Saint-Germain that will see him depart the Red Devils on a free transfer, but we have already covered that part previously.
Now the reports that are coming out of the media say that the relationship between Ander Herrera and Man United board started deteriorating last year when the club notified him ‘through the post’ that his contract had been extended.
That reportedly left Ander Herrera angry and disappointed because he wasn’t aware of Man United’s plan to extend his contract by another year. (Herrera’s contract had a possible option to extend his stay by another year)
There were also rumours that Jose Mourinho wanted to make Ander Herrera the new club Captain ahead of Antonio Valencia but the United board denied that request too.
And now the situation has turned into a bit of a mess with Herrera likely to depart on a free. United Legend Gary Neville isn’t too happy about the handling of this situation either:
“I think the situation with him [Herrera] is that he’s not likely to disrespect the club, he’s been a brilliant professional here for the last few years,” said the Sky Sports pundit.
“But all the speculation about him going to Paris Saint-Germain.
“Manchester United have allowed his contract to run down. If they wanted him, maybe they should have made the decision a little earlier.
“I think the other thing with Manchester United as well is that when you’ve got a change in manager every 18 months or two years, you might have one manager who fancies him, and another manager who says don’t renew the contract.
“And then a new manager comes in but it’s too late then and the player’s contract has run down.
“That’s why you need a club plan to take these sorts of decisions away from a manager.
“To enable the player to be protected and the value to be protected.”
Ed Woodward could have handled this situation a lot better, to be honest. Herrera has been a consistent performer for Manchester United and losing him on a free transfer isn’t the best of decision from a business point of view.
But hey, what do we know?