Athletic Club Bilbao fans praise Ander Herrera at training session
After Manchester United pulled out of a deal that would have seen Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera join the English club, fans have praised Herrera for staying at the Basque club.
As the transfer window neared its close yesterday all signs pointed to Athletic Club Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera joining English giants Manchester United.
However, the club from Manchester pulled out of the negotiations amid several confusing reports which saw Herrera remain at the Basque club instead of leaving for England.
Herrera trained normally today with his teammates and was welcomed by numerous fans of Athletic Club who came to the training facility to voice their delight with the 24-year-old having not left Bilbao.
Reports claim that fans were chanting his name and singing while others held up signs reading “The fans are behind you” and “It was right to stay”.
Many were concerned about the reception that Herrera would get from the fans after Fernando Llorente and Javi Martinez were subject to verbal assaults and signs which read “Mercenaries” last summer after it became known that they would be leaving the club.
Despite having only spent two seasons at the Basque club the fans seem fully behind Herrera who at one point waved to the crowd during training and received a standing ovation.
Herrera will give a press conference tomorrow afternoon to discuss his side of the transfer saga and discuss exactly what was going on from his end of things.