Manchester United have triggered a one-year extension clause in the contract of Ander Herrera, according to a report.
The Spanish midfielder’s contract was due to expire next summer and he would have been free to speak to other clubs in January about a free-transfer move in the summer.
The Daily Mail reports that talks between the club and player have been ongoing but United have moved to extend his deal to protect the value of the 28-year-old. Herrera’s representatives are hoping to secure a longer deal for the former Athletic Bilabo man, but United were keen to tie down the midfielder so they did not risk losing him for nothing.
United have actioned a clause in his original contract. Herrera signed a four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further year in June 2014 after United met the €36million buyout clause in his Bilbao contract.
The report also claims Juan Mata, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Daley Blind will all be offered similar extensions by the club imminently, while Marouane Fellaini looks destined to leave on a free transfer.
United placed a £60million price tag on Herrera in the summer, according to The Independent.
Atletico Madrid were apparently hoping to lure Herrera back to La Liga this summer, but their hopes look to have been dashed.
Herrera angered United boss Jose Mourinho last recently with his comments after the shock defeat at Huddersfield, saying the Terriers had played with “more passion”.
Mourinho put United’s defeat in west Yorkshire down to a “really bad attitude” and said he could not explain Herrera’s remarks.
But United after returned to winning ways with a 2-0 Carabao Cup victory at Swansea, Herrera silenced talk of a rift between him and Mourinho.
“We have a fantastic relationship, but what I said was that in the first 30 minutes they had a better attitude than us,” said Herrera.
“That’s what happened. But after that we had a good attitude and we were even close to drawing the game, which is not so easy after playing bad the first 30 minutes.
“But now we want to forget what happened on Saturday. We want to move forward for a massive game against Tottenham and try to win.
“After the defeat at Huddersfield we needed good feelings back, because when you lose a game you want to play as quick as possible and play well.”