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Ander Herrera
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  Manchester United

2016 05 01 Tweet

[Manchester United legend Eric Cantona visited the team’s locker room after a 1-1 draw against Leicester City] We didn’t get the best result but still a lot to fight for.Thanks to Cantona for visiting us.

2018 12 31 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera, who fell out of favour during the final months of the Jose Mourinho era, was reluctant to throw the former boss under the bus] We have won the last three games but I do not like to make comparisons. I am very thankful to Jose for what he did to the club. Now we are in a different moment and we have a new manager and that is it. We are in a good moment and everyone is playing very well. Our attacking players are enjoying it and they are making it easier for the rest of the players

: 2019 06 07 Manchester United have offered a new deal to Juan Mata as Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia head the list of players leaving the club

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed the signing of former Manchester United and Spain midfielder Ander Herrera] Paris Saint-Germain is the greatest club in France. It keeps on improving and competes to win every possible title. I was looking forward to coming to Paris and to wearing those colors. I hope to continue to make history with the club! Joining this club is an amazing feeling. I also love the city. Paris is the most beautiful city in the world. I promise three things: work, professionalism and passion. I also promise to improve my French because I think that the language is very important for the team’s communication

: 2019 07 04b Ander Herrera was allowed to leave Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain after the midfielder demanded a new deal worth £350,000 a week

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera claims the Manchester United board failed to convince him of his ‘importance within the squad’ amid contract talks, which led to his free transfer to Paris Saint Germain] I don’t like looking at the past but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it. I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club for, the fans and also Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay, but things didn’t happen. They arrived late and, by then, I’d already made the decision to play in Paris

[Looking back on his time at Old Trafford, Herrera admitted winning the award was among his proudest moments] It has been fantastic. In five years I have played 189 games and I have been important for all the coaches. It is true that that the MVP (Sir Matt Busby Award) makes one feel special and very happy, I keep every moment that I have lived. Why PSG? Because to leave United, the biggest team in England, you need something like PSG, which is the biggest in France. I could not play in another English club

2019 08 05 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera says that he is embracing the idea of being ‘hated’ as he gets set for his first season with Paris Saint-Germain] [The club’s reputation is] that of a giant! A club that is respected, that is classy. A club where three or four of the best players in the world play. I know too that it is one of the most hated clubs in France, and I like that.

First of all, [I joined PSG] for the project. The club has a classy and glamorous side that I like a lot. Then, because I wanted to continue to play for a big club. And, honestly, I could not see myself playing in another English club. When you have played for Manchester United, it is difficult to go elsewhere. PSG, they have a project that is progressing incessantly. The way that PSG approached me was impeccable. I felt wanted. Thomas [Tuchel] called me multiple times to talk. He is someone who helps players become better. At 29, I still want to improve

I was happy to play for Athletic Bilbao, another club that is dear to me, and for Manchester United, the biggest club in the United Kingdom, where I felt loved. Today, I am happy to be at PSG, the biggest club in France. I have always given everything to the clubs I have represented and I represent. But I cannot lie to you: the club of my heart is still Real Zaragoza, who I have supported as a child and where I started my career

: 2019 08 07 PSG new boy Ander Herrera to miss up to four weeks with calf injury

2019 08 07b Retrieve

[Ander Herrera explained some of his reasons for joining up with Thomas Tuchel’s side this summer] [The club’s reputation is] that of a giant! A club that is respected, that is classy. A club where three or four of the best players in the world play. I know too that it is one of the most hated clubs in France, and I like that

I was happy to play for Athletic, another club that is dear to me, and for Manchester United, the biggest club in the United Kingdom, where I felt loved. Today, I am happy to be at PSG, the biggest club in France. I have always given everything to the clubs I have represented and I represent. But I cannot lie to you: the club of my heart is still Real Zaragoza, who I have supported as a child and where I started my career

2019 09 13 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera is excited to play alongside Neymar and believes the Brazilian can challenge fellow Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Kylian Mbappe to win the Ballon d’Or] Neymar is one of the five best players in the world and a candidate for the Ballon d’Or with Mbappe. I’m excited and happy to play with Neymar. For me, it’s great. This is an incredible opportunity for me to play with players like Neymar, like Kylian Mbappe or Marco Verratti, who can for me become the best midfielder very soon. We are going to make sure that he has his best season and that he is even better

2019 09 23 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera has once again backed Neymar to win the Ballon d’Or one day after the forward’s impressive start to the season for Paris Saint-Germain continued] I’m delighted to play with Neymar. I will not talk about his transfer window. Now, Neymar is with us. He is a fantastic player who can be Ballon d’Or, this season, in a year, in two years. We are very happy. I hope he can play like that all season

[Herrera laughed off any suggestions the title was already won for Thomas Tuchel’s men] No, there are only six matches. I just saw the table. There is Rennes, Angers, Marseille. We respect a lot of teams and all opponents. We will always play with respect

[While Neymar has quickly turned heads after returning to the pitch for PSG, coach Thomas Tuchel believes he is yet to show his best this season] He can still do better. It’s only his second or third game in four months. He can do better and he will do better because he will gain in a physical capacity, but it’s Ney, he’s always decisive. He always thinks to play forward, to attack. We need players like that in tough games like this to make a difference in one-on-ones

2019 10 19 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain’s Ander Herrera has admitted that nobody in the Manchester United squad expected to win in Paris during last season’s Champions League, the Red Devils having travelled to France following a 2-0 loss at Old Trafford] Nobody amongst the Manchester United players thought we’d win in Paris. In football you cannot lose concentration even for two minutes otherwise you pay for it. This defeat was not normal for PSG

[Herrera has found playing time in Paris at a premium since making the switch] I believe in Karma, I believe that everything you give, you get back. So if I play in the starting XI, I give everything, if I play 10 minutes I give everything, if I play five minutes I give everything and if I play two minutes I give everything. And in any position

[The big topic over the summer was whether Neymar would leave the club and return to Spain with either former club Barcelona or Real Madrid] The English media presented Neymar’s situation like it was hell. He is not happy, he does not speak to French players. And I arrived here and I saw a happy player, who was laughing with everyone including the French players. I wondered to myself what the media was talking about. He is very happy on a day-to-day basis. He is a player who could win the Ballon D’Or, I would go 5km for him if you have to. I would run everywhere for him

2019 11 08 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera left Manchester United over the summer and claims football was not considered the most important thing at Old Trafford] I was very happy at that incredible club. I am very grateful to the supporters. Frankly, I was immensely happy in Manchester, but at the club, there were times when I felt that football was not considered the most important thing

[Pressed on whether business was the focus for United] That does not come out of my mouth. I don’t know, but football was not the most important thing in Manchester. I do not want to compare, all I know is that here, I feel like I’m breathing football on all sides. And I like it

[Herrera has found regular game a little hard to come by since joining the star-studded ranks at PSG] I cannot talk about what was happening in previous seasons because I was not there, but since I’m here, what I see is that I’m in a club that thinks only and exclusively about football. And I say it sincerely, huh, because sometimes, seen from the outside, PSG can have a glamorous side that can irritate some. But here, we sweat, we train, we work! When I arrive at the training centre, the physios, podiatrist and physical trainer are already at work… football, football, footbal… Leonardo is there every day

2020 01 22 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera played alongside Llorente in that Athletic Club team and he has spoken of an inability to run at the end of the season] No-one was able to run as much as us, it was impossible. But I can’t lie to you, in the last months we couldn’t even move. Our legs said ‘stop’. We used to play always with the same players and were not at our best in the finals. We were a completely different team than we had been before because, to be honest, we were physically f*cked. We couldn’t run any more. I am not blaming the manager, because he was amazing for us and we should be very thankful because of the beautiful football, but the last month we could not even move and that is the reality.

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[PSG star Herrera outlines plans to return to Real Zaragoza amid Athletic Club links] My hope is to enjoy my time in Paris, win titles with PSG, play with some of the best players in the world and one day be able to return home, which is Zaragoza. I am extremely lucky to have been able to play for Athletic and enjoy the philosophy there, which is fantastic, but my hope is to return to Zaragoza, the club I’ve supported since I was young. I am still a member and I will continue to be one for the rest of my life - my daughters are too. When I’ve worn the shirt of Athletic, Manchester United or PSG, I’ve always tried to represent them and defend for them as if I was their biggest fan in the world, but my team is Zaragoza

2020 03 23 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain ace Ander Herrera has drawn comparisons between Thomas Tuchel and Louis van Gaal] In broad outline, he makes me think of Van Gaal. He likes football organised by position. He has nothing to do, for example, with Marcelo Bielsa, a trainer who also favours attacking play, but who is looking for football in continuous movement, where you have to break the lines, go get the ball yourself

The requirement that there is in Paris, I had never known it before. Here, winning is a total obligation, otherwise, it is a tragedy. We lost 2 -1 in Dortmund. In the Champions League, it was a good away result. But it was considered an absolute tragedy. In the return, the group cohesion was incredible and it gave us the victory

The system has changed a lot throughout the season, but people don’t watch much of Ligue 1. We played several times with a defence of four, but with a defender who integrates into the midfield. In the end, we were used to this system. But in the Champions League, I think we never did it. People keep these games in mind and look for controversy. He is a coach who also likes to change the system a lot during games

2020 04 15 Retrieve

[Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Ander Herrera has praised Neymar’s incredible contribution to the Ligue 1 club] We all went to his house to eat together…he was very focused. He took everyone with him. When I saw a few journalists say that Neymar was not thinking of PSG, I saw what he did during this period. It was incredible. Neymar gave a lot for the group during this period. A world-class player who gives that means that he thinks a lot about the group and the collective

[France has been hit hard by coronavirus] I really hope that we will resume. I am not an expert, but maybe with tests for the players, or only 50 people per team, or the matches behind closed doors. For me, football must continue, but the first thing is health. If there is no risk, I think that football is very important for everyone

2020 05 06 Retrieve

[PSG midfielder Herrera admits he didn’t want to leave Manchester United] To be honest, I didn’t celebrate it. I love football but I love to play football and win trophies on the pitch. I hope we can fight for the cup titles that we still have to play on the pitch with fans in the stadium and let’s see if we can also fight for the Champions League. To be honest, it’s quite sad to win my first league title like this

When I look back a year ago, my intention was not to leave Manchester United. I disagreed with some of the decisions they made but this happens in football. It happens in every company

2020 05 08 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera has expressed his belief that Kylian Mbappe will win the Ballon d’Or by 2025] To be honest, what I can say about Kylian is that sometimes in training it looks like he’s training with kids. The way he runs, he just leaves you behind. It looks like we are kids and he’s Usain Bolt! In football, you often see very quick players who leave players behind. But with Kylian, when he gets through on goal, he has the capacity to stop, be calm and to score a lot of goals. And that is not easy, to find the balance between the speed, strength and calmness. That’s why I think by 2025 he will be one of the contenders for the Ballon d’Or or even the champion

2020 05 10 Retrieve

[Former Manchester United ace Ander Herrera has expressed his belief that Paul Pogba is capable of becoming the best midfielder in the world] I haven’t spoken with him [Pogba] for a long time and I don’t know what he wants to do. It’s true that every day in the papers we can read that he wants to leave, or Manchester United are going to sell him, but I don’t really know what he wants to do. [Pogba] can be the best midfielder in the world. In terms of qualities, he has everything. I have never seen a midfielder who has all the qualities you can have. He can recover a lot of balls, he can head the ball, he can score goals, he can defend, he can attack, he’s so strong and tall. It’s true that since he came to the club he has some ups and downs, but when he was good, he was really good. Amazing. It was a pleasure to play with him. I think all the Manchester United fans want to see the best of Pogba. That can happen, and with Bruno Fernandes, I think Manchester United can do great things. Liverpool and Man City are also doing great things. It’s not easy but with Paul, Bruno, Marcus Rashford, they can.

A title is always a title. It’s good at the end of your career to be able to say you have won these titles, but in your head, you want to know you won that title in that game against that team and celebrate with your fans. We haven’t been able to do it [yet]. I wanted to celebrate with our fans and my teammates. I haven’t won a league title since I was a professional, because in Manchester we had the possibility to win some trophies but not the Premier League, so I was looking forward to it, but we couldn’t do it on the pitch

2020 05 10b Retrieve

[Ander Herrera says Neymar has never been more content at Paris Saint-Germain than he is now] Mbappe and Neymar are still at PSG and even more so with the situation that we are currently in. I had dinner with Neymar before the quarantine and he is very involved with the project. He told me that he has never been so happy in Paris. PSG’s project is such that both feel fulfilled in Paris.

After the first leg, they celebrated it very publicly and put a couple of unfortunate tweets in their official account, which hurt our pride saying that they did not buy superstars but they created them. It’s not good to make Neymar and Mbappe angry

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera says Mbappe like Usain Bolt & makes us look like kids] Sometimes in training, it is like he is training with kids. The way he runs, the way he moves, he leaves you behind him. It looks like we are kids, 12 years old, and he is Usain Bolt. And when he is in front of the goalkeeper he has the capacity to stop and be cold and to score a lot of goals. That’s not easy. He has the balance between the speed, the strength and the calmness to score goals. In 2025, he could be the Ballon d’Or winner.

[on Neymar] He is one of the big surprises I have found in my career because when the media speaks it is not always positive. They are always trying to find a way to kill him. But I found a guy who is happy every day, that is trying to make the group strong. He organises dinners at his house so we can be together and he tries to win us as many trophies as possible. He is smiling every day and creating a good atmosphere in the team. He told me he was happier than ever in the club. It’s like I read about a different player than the one that I found. I understand that all the people want to talk about him, maybe because of his hair or the way he dresses

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Herrera questions ‘drastic’ decision to end Ligue 1 campaign early amid coronavirus crisis] In my opinion, France cancelled the league prematurely because it is showing that they can come back. You see your team-mates working and you are envious. Soccer without the fans loses a lot, but I also want to see the positive part because I am a soccer lover and we will be able to listen to the players, the coaches. The measures that France was taking as a country were not being so drastic as to suspend the league. My friends and family were confined in Spain and we could continue to leave. From my point of view, the decision was made prematurely, with the best intention but it is showing that the soccer of other countries is pulling forward

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera has insisted Kylian Mbappe and Neymar aree very happy at Paris Saint-Germain. Asked who would be harder to retain if PSG had to sell one of the stars] I don’t know, because I don’t know what they earn or the income they generate for the club, which is still a company. But I do know that both are key in the project and I see them very happy and involved with PSG

[Herrera said the French giants were more accustomed to buying stars than selling them] You have to take into account a fundamental aspect, and I have discussed it with Kylian, that PSG is not a club that sells its stars, on the contrary, it buys them. It has enough economic muscle to support both of them

2020 06 07 Retrieve

[Herrera says Pogba must be more consistent to earn Real Madrid move] As a footballer, Paul has everything: he cuts through the opposition, he wins the ball back, he’s good in the air, he’s aggressive, he defends, he attacks, he scores goals, but he’s had his ups and downs in Manchester. He’s played games where he completely made the difference and others where he just didn’t, and for a player at that price, you have to always be awesome. If he’s able to be consistent then, of course, Madrid or any big European club would want him. However, it’s the same as with [Kylian] Mbappe and Neymar, he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the world and for him to leave it’s difficult

2020 06 08 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera says Alexis Sanchez’s struggles at Manchester United have no explanation] Sometimes, in football, there is no explanation for every single thing that happens. Alexis is one of them. He came from Arsenal. He used to win games by himself for Arsenal. I remember watching him because Arsenal were our rivals for titles and the top four. I saw them losing games 2-0 and Alexis would score two and they’d win the game. He’d score the winning goal. It shows football sometimes has no explanation. How can a player, who one month before, two months before, is the best player by far in a big team like Arsenal … then he comes to United and he doesn’t perform? I have no explanation.

[Herrera added on Sanchez’s failure to transfer his performances in training to matchdays at Old Trafford] He trains good, he is a good professional, he tries to improve. In training sessions, you can see his quality. He scores a lot of goals. In front of the goalkeeper in training, he was lethal, scoring goals, goals, goals. He fights if he loses the ball, he runs back and wins the ball, so he had everything to succeed at United, and he didn’t do it. The only thing I can tell you is that I have no explanation

2020 06 08b Retrieve

[Herrera reveals behind the scenes confusion that led to Manchester United departure] It was not about money. It was not about the duration of the contract offer. In my opinion, I waited too long (for an offer) and deserved more attention from the club. I was a player that gave everything. I never complained. I never went to the media to complain about anything. I never put a bad face to any manager, to any member of the board, and they waited until I had five or six months left on my contract. That’s why I had some disagreements with them. I tell you this but I also tell you that it is part of football, part of life, nothing personal at all - but you ask the question and I give my point of view, as a professional player

[Herrera’s first season at PSG has been disrupted by injuries] In my opinion, France cancelled the league prematurely because it is showing that they can come back. You see your team-mates working and you are envious

2020 06 08c Retrieve

[PSG team-mate Herrera says Atletico Madrid-linked Cavani ‘wants to play in Spain’] I know Cavani wants to play in Spain. He loves the league and the country, he asks me about it a lot. However, since we left Paris I’ve not spoken to him about his situation.

[Herrera went on to express his delight over Icardi’s new four year-contract at PSG] This is great news for the club, which ensures a top-3 striker for the next six or seven years, as it is still very young. He [Icardi] has scored goals, he adapted very quickly and inside the area he is a beast and outside of it, very practical and intelligent, because he knows what his virtues and limitations are

2020 06 09 Retrieve

[Pogba’s former team-mate Ander Herrera believes the Frenchman has the ability, but needs the consistency to be considered world-class] I don’t know what other players say but he is a midfielder that has everything. If you see other midfielders in the world, they may have some qualities - control of the ball, long shots, passes, tackles, box-to-box - but Paul can do all of this, plus head the ball, score goals, make recoveries, one against one … everything. But of course, if you want to become the best midfielder in the world, it is about consistency. You have to do it day in, day out. He is a good guy. He wants to do it. He does train well. He has to do it every day

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Alexis Sanchez’s shocking decline: From Arsenal superstar to Inter reject] Sometimes, in football, there is no explanation for every single thing that happens. Alexis is one of them. He came from Arsenal. He used to win games by himself for Arsenal. It shows football sometimes has no explanation. How can a player, who one month before, two months before, is the best player by far in a big team like Arsenal … then he comes to United and he doesn’t perform? I have no explanation

2020 06 13 Retrieve

[Ander Herrera on Paul Pogba] I give you my opinion: I don’t know what other players say but he is a midfielder that has everything. An NBA athlete with Brazilian feet and the combinations of a Spanish midfielder

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[Herrera lifts lid on PSG team-mate Neymar’s birthday party] What didn’t happen! He rented this studio and organised it so that guys with their wives would be on the top floor and single guys would be on the bottom floor. Of course, my wife wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom or go down [to the bottom floor]! The truth is that when Neymar organises something he does it to have fun, he did it to have a good time. The truth is that I congratulated him

2020 06 22 Retrieve

[When Ander Herrera and his partner Isabel Collado arrived for Neymar’s 28th birthday party at a lavish studio in Paris on February 2, they were surprised to learn that the top floor had been assigned to couples, and the bottom to singles] Of course, my wife wouldn’t let me go to the bathroom or go down [to the bottom floor]! The truth is that when Neymar organises something, he does it to have fun