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Manchester United Sign Ander Herrera

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Manchester United have announced the signing of Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera.

The Spanish midfielder joins on a four-year deal with an option to extend it by a further year after his buy-out clause was activated.

Ander Herrera said: "Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far.

"I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the club's objectives. Having arrived on Tuesday, I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt. I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and, above all, wish all my fantastic former team-mates all the best for the future."

The 24 year-old was linked with United last summer after former manager David Moyes tried to sign him at the end of the summer transfer window. Moyes at the time felt Herrera wasn't worth his buy-out clause valuation of €36m euros (£28.85 million) and ended up signing Marouane Fellaini from Everton.

Herrera signed for Athletic Bilbao from Real Zaragoza in 2011 and has made 128 appearances, scoring 11 goals for the Basque club.

The midfielder is yet to be capped for Spain but has represented his country at Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 level.

The Spaniard won the Euro Under-21 Championships in 2011 where he played alongside David De Gea and Juan Mata who will now be his new teammates at Old Trafford.

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