Any hopes Manchester United had of finally landing Ander Herrera look to have been ended, with the star's insistence that he will stay with Athletic Bilbao, according to the Manchester Evening News.
One of the more dramatic stories of the summer transfer deadline day was United's botched pursuit of the Spaniard, which encapsulated their transfer failures for the whole summer.
Rumours of imposters and legal wranglings provided the backdrop to the Red Devils' attempts to land the Bilbao star for £24 million.
Despite the issues, United remained keen on the midfielder with former manager David Moyes continuing as a big fan of the 24-year-old.
However the sacking of Moyes means that a new man will be establishing his own targets, and Herrera is keen to stay with the Basque club regardless.
"I have already made it clear, I do not want to leave Athletic and I won’t," he said.
"We have a great team and worked really hard to get where we are.
"This is where I belong. Some have said that (Vicente) Del Bosque may be interested in calling me up for the World Cup, that would make me happy. But I do not want to leave Athletic. My place is here and I am very happy."
Herrera has put that busy summer behind him and has helped guide Bilbao back into the Champions League, with the club confirming their fourth-placed finish at the weekend. The 6ft star is uncapped by his country, but is hoping to be selected for the World Cup.
He is approaching his 100th La Liga game for Bilbao, after he transferred from Zaragoza back in 2011.
Meanwhile United have been forced to reflect on a season of failure without Herrera , and they will not be competing in the Champions League next term.
A seventh-place finish in the Premier League follows their stroll to title success in 2012/13 - Sir Alex Ferguson's last season in charge.
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