When Ander Herrera left Athletic Club back in 2014 to join Manchester United his future looked bright. In his first season he became a fan favorite, with some even saying that he would eventually become a captain. Fast-forward to today and things have taken a sharp turn. Herrera has been relegated to spot appearances under Jose Mourinho and is barely seeing time at Old Trafford. Now it appears as though his time with the Red Devils is drawing to an end.
Reports in England now claim that Mourinho will overhaul his squad in the summer and lists Ander Herrera as one of nine players who are believed to be on the way out, despite being under contract for one more year. Naturally, other clubs across Europe will be lining up in hopes of signing the 28-year-old. Clubs such as AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, and Valencia have all been linked with the Basque midfielder, but some believe a return to Athletic could be a possibility.
According to a report from Ramón Suso of Mundo Deportivo, sources close to Herrera have said that the player would give priority to Athletic Club if they were willing to bring him back to the San Mamés. Simply put, this means that the 28-year-old would, reportedly, rather return to his former club than go elsewhere.
Delving deeper, some sources have gone as far to claim that Herrera has told Athletic that he would be willing to return to Bilbao this summer if they were interested in bringing him back. While there is no way to know whether this has actually happened or not, where there is smoke there is usually fire. Only time will tell how this situation will play out. It looks more and more likely that Herrera will be leaving England this summer unless something major changes. If he does make an exit, Athletic fans will be expecting the club to do everything possible to bring back the prodigal son.