It’s been a difficult season for Ander Herrera since his free transfer last summer to Paris Saint-Germain from Manchester United.
Injuries have plagued Herrera’s 2019-20 campaign forcing him to only appear in 18 matches for the Ligue 1 leaders. Despite the health concerns, the 30-year-old Spain international is a talented footballer with loads of experience at the top-flight.
Herrera signed a five-year contract with PSG, so that is where his immediate future lies, but in an interview with Marca (via Football Espana), Herrera spoke about rumors of returning to Spain to either play for Athletic Bilbao where he made 128 appearances (2011-2014) or Real Zaragoza, the club where he began his football journey.
“I was immensely happy in Bilbao, but I am a Zaragoza fan, which is something I have never hidden.”
“My hope is to enjoy my time in Paris, win titles with PSG, and one day be able to return home, which is Zaragoza.”
“I have been extremely lucky to have been able to play for Athletic and enjoy its philosophy, but my hope is to return to Zaragoza, the club I support. Since I was little, since I am still a member and I will continue to be one for the rest of my life—the club where my daughters are.”
“That does not mean that whenever I played for Athletic, Manchester United, or PSG I did not try to represent and defend the club as if I were the greatest fan, but my team is Zaragoza.”
That kind of loyalty is what makes Herrera such a great player to have in the dressing room. If he can avoid injuries, Herrera can still play a vital role for PSG.
Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, and Marquinhos are ahead of him in the pecking order when it comes to starting in the midfield but Herrera adds valuable depth to the squad along with Leandro Paredes. With PSG competing in four competitions throughout much of the season, that depth is crucial to maintaining a high level of performance and results.
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