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Manchester United midfielder denies wanting out

Ander Herrera has taken to Twitter to deny that he wants to leave Old Trafford.

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has denied he wants to leave the club, tweeting that he is "very happy" at Old Trafford. He attached a photograph of the matchday programme from last week's draw with PSV Eindhoven, which included the rather endearing pullquote: "I don’t want this dream to finish. I have to play as well as possible if I want to play as long as I can at this club."

Reports had emerged that the Basque midfielder would look to leave the club in January, having understandably grown tired of playing second fiddle to Wayne Rooney. The 26-year-old is quite clearly a component of United's strongest starting lineup and was the star of United's excellent win over Everton a few weeks ago, though Louis van Gaal has still been reluctant to give him much first-team football.

There are still reports that Herrera will stage "showdown talks" with van Gaal, and while that doesn't sound entirely unreasonable, it is worth noting that they appear to have their origins on the pages of the Daily Star. They should probably be taken with a healthy (or, as the case may be, unhealthy) pinch of salt.