Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has publicly insisted his innocence after being implicated in a match-fixing investigation currently being carried out in his native Spain.
A £28million summer arrival to Old Trafford, Herrera was named among 41 players, coaches and directors whom prosecutors allege were involved in a match-fixing deal to arrange a victory. The state alleges that close to €1million was the price paid to Levante players to intentionally lose a match.
The match in question was against Real Zaragoza at the end of the 2010-11 season, who Herrera was playing for, and they needed victory to avoid relegation. The Manchester United star is named as one of ten people alleged to have withdrawn tens of thousands of pound to pay their opponents.
Now the 25-year-old has used his official Facebook page to strenuously deny all the allegations and rejected any notion that he would even consider paying opponents to fix a match and insisted he was happy to comply with any proceedings.
"I have never had and will never have anything to do with manipulating match results," Herrera wrote on his Facebook account," he said.
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"If I am ever called to testify in any judicial hearing, I'll be happy to attend, as my conscience is clear. I love football and I believe in fair play, both on and off the pitch."
While this situation makes things off the pitch far from ideal, Herrera is finally beginning to settle in at Old Trafford and has put in a number of promising performances when called upon by Louis van Gaal in recent weeks.
While not an automatic first choice, Herrera has played an important role in the recent six-match winning streak
At first he struggled to make an impact after arriving from Athletic Bilbao with the speed and physical nature of the Premier League making adapting a challenge. Injury also set him back, but he now appears to be getting to grips with things in Manchester.
Played His Part
While not an automatic first choice, Herrera has played an important role in the recent six-match winning streak Van Gaal's side are on. Coming from Spain his technique is obviously of a very high standard and the calm nature in which he keeps possession was a boon for the team.
These charges relate to his time in the Real Zaragoza squad before moving to his native Athletic Bilbao, where his reputation as a talented midfield playmaker really took off.
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