Contract update: Manchester United plan negotiations with Spanish midfielder

Manchester United are reportedly planning to discuss a new contract with Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. The 28-year-old has been with the Red Devils since the summer of 2014 and during this period, he has racked more than 160 appearances across all competitions.

According to The Sun, the Mancunian giants are prepared to reward the new midfielder with a new two-year contract with his existing deal due to expire at the end of the campaign. It is added that talks are likely to progress during the international break where Herrera is not expected to be in contention for national team duty.

Herrera’s gametime has genuinely reduced over the past year with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba commanding regular roles in the centre of the park and he is likely to drop further down the pecking order with summer signing Fred preferred ahead of him during the start of the season.

Nonetheless, the Spaniard has not expressed any discontent over his situation and in a recent interview with MUTV, he happened to highlight his ambition to reach the 200-appearance mark before kicking on further to stay for many more years.

In the most recent game versus Tottenham Hotspur, Herrera started surprisingly in a back three alongside Chris Smalling and Phil Jones but he may not command a similar role when United contest Burnley this weekend.

Shortly after the embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Spurs, manager Jose Mourinho highlighted that Smalling would probably be the only candidate securing his central defensive role and as such, Herrera could drop to the bench for the visit of Turf Moor.

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