Ander Herrera has batted off suggestions he could be named Manchester United – and feels the honour is more likely to go to an Englishman.
The Spain star has been, arguably, Manchester United’s most consistent performer this season, after being transformed into a holding midfielder by Jose Mourinho.
And the player has been identified by many as possessing the necessary attributes to become a future United captain, with his talent and leadership standing out this season.
With current captain Wayne Rooney and vice-captain Michael Carrick both facing uncertain futures, many are touting Herrera to step up to the plate next season.
But despite admitting he is “flattered” at the talk, Herrera doesn’t believe he fits the bill.
“The thing is that Michael Carrick ends his contract and I do not know what will happen with his future,” Herrera told Onda Cero. “Rooney, it’s unknown if he will continue or not.
“It has been a surprise. I am very grateful that people value me like this but I don’t think it is something that is going to happen soon.
“Being captain of Manchester United are big words. Look at the captains that this club have had. I am flattered and grateful but it is necessary to respect the time and the number of games.
“Furthermore, as at Madrid and Barcelona the captains are Spanish, it’s also logical that there is an English captain. I am grateful that people see me like that but I’d rather not think about it much.”