Ander Herrera is a football-obsessive and if you don’t believe us, just ask his Manchester United teammate Juan Mata.
So it’ll come as no surprise to hear that one of the teams Herrera hopes to play for after he leaves Old Trafford is the iconic Argentine club Boca Juniors, a favourite of European football hipsters for decades.
The midfielder has also been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months - any ambitious player would surely be enticed by the prospect of playing at the Camp Nou - but he insists he only has eyes for one Spanish club.
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“Yes, I love Boca (Juniors),” Herrera was quoted as telling Spanish newspaper Marca by the Manchester Evening News. “Since childhood, when my father (Pedro, technical director at Zaragoza) brought players from there.
“If one day I get the chance to play in South America, I’d love to go to Boca, the biggest. But it is an idea, eh? I’m focused on my team.”
Real Zaragoza return
And on a potential return to his beloved Real Zaragoza, Herrera added: “I see myself playing there again, but not when physically worn. I will return to contribute, not drag back.”
United have seen glimpses of Herrera at his best
Herrera spent his formative years with Real Zaragoza before signing for Athletic Bilbao in 2011.
The former Spain Under-21 international was a fan favourite at San Mames, but a £28.85 million offer was enough for United to finally land one of their long-term transfer targets.
Herrera has impressed in spells at Old Trafford but has failed to establish himself as the team’s talismanic figure in midfield.
However, it’s never felt like Louis van Gaal has been totally convinced by the Spaniard over the past season-and-a-half.
Perhaps a change in management this summer - reports suggest Jose Mourinho has signed a deal with the Red Devils - could see Herrera flourish next season.
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