Manchester United have been dealt a blow in their alleged pursuit of Ander Herrera after the Spanish playmaker said that Athletic Bilbao is the "perfect place" for him to continue his career, reports talkSPORT.
The 24-year-old was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League champions during the summer, and it's believed that the club is ready to renew interest in Herrera when the transfer window reopens in January.
However, David Moyes's plans to add the midfielder to his Manchester United ranks in the New Year look to have suffered a serious setback, after Herrera - who has a £36million buyout clause - reiterated his commitment to Los Leones, suggesting that he has no intention of swapping San Mamés for Old Trafford.
"I appreciate very much that Manchester United made a very important offer for me and also that Athletic did not accept it," he explained in an interview with Canal Plus Spain.
"That means that Athletic value me above money and trust in their project more than a large offer.
"I'm where I wanted to be in this day, not someone who has played for six or seven clubs. I like to feel good where I am, take root and Athletic is the perfect place for me."
The news will force Manchester United to consider alternative midfield reinforcement options, as Moyes looks to fill the creative void currently lacking in his first-team.
Marouane Fellaini completed a £27.5million deadline day switch from Everton, but has so far failed to convince supporters that he's up to the challenge of playing at the elite level, so fans will be hoping for another new face in January.