When news broke that Ander Herrera could leave Manchester United for Paris Saint-Germain, fans were understandably alarmed. After all, the Spaniard has become an integral part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
But ESPN soon claimed the midfielder wanted to stay at Old Trafford, and that should come as no surprise.
In truth, the rumours of summer switch smacked of a late attempt by a representative to squeeze a few more pounds out of the Old Trafford coffers. Either that or a publication is simply using the apparent uncertainty over a player’s contract to secure a few more page views.
The simple fact is Herrera is a United player through and through. He is not going to jump ship now, given his place in the team and the promise of better things to come.
Under former United managers, it would have been no surprise if the Spaniard moved on. But not anymore.
The £29million signing (BBC) is in a great negotiating position, and a timely rumour that France’s top side is interested will do him no harm.
This is the game away from the game. Truth doesn’t have much to do with football reporting these days. Either this is a cunningly contrived soundbite or a downright fabrication.
Herrera is going nowhere. Of that, United fans can be sure.