Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera believes his decision to move to Old Trafford has been a great step in his career, and says the reason he chose to join the Premier League giants is because of the club's exciting long-term plan.
The Spaniard has quickly established himself as a firm fans favourite at the Theatre of Dreams following an impressive debut campaign with the Red Devils, following his £29 million move from Athletic Bilbao last summer.
Herrera was forced to wait patiently for a chance to show what he can do, but played an instrumental role as Louis van Gaal's side climbed up the table in 2014/15 to finish in fourth place and secure qualification for next season's Champions League.
Reflecting on his first year in England, Herrera spoke positively about his experience so far, and suggested he sees himself playing for Manchester United for many more years yet, which will be must to the ears of supporters that have been so pleased with his contribution until now.
"I'm really happy in Manchester," he is quoted saying in an interview with Spanish publication Elite Sports magazine. "It's a great city and a really exciting club.
"Obviously I miss my friends and family sometimes, but that's why when I return to Spain, I spend as much time as I can with them.
"I joined Manchester United because they're a fantastic club, who actually have an exciting long-term plan, and I want to be a part of that.
"Moving to United was a great step in my career and I knew there would be many challenges ahead, something which motivates me, both as a player and a person.
"I signed a contract for a number of seasons and I've only really got started. My desire is to be and important player for the club. I'm not thinking about anything other than triumphing with United."
The 25-year-old is currently back in his homeland enjoying some well deserved time off after a gruelling season, which he looks back on as a success given the circumstances that Van Gaal inherited off the back of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Qualifying for Europe's elite club competition was the main objective for Manchester United after their disastrous seventh place finish the previous campaign, and now that they've achieved that the players will be hoping to challenge for trophies again next term.
"It's been a complicated season for the club," Herrera explained. "We could say that it's been one of transition, because we started out with a new manager and lots of new players.
"We've still got lots of work ahead of us at a group level, but I think we've shown examples that we can be competitive."
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