Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera denies he agreed to join Manchester United

Ander Herrera is staying in the Basque Country. Photo: PA

Ander Herrera claims he never agreed to join Manchester United on transfer deadline day, and is very happy to be at Athletic Bilbao.

During a press conference held on Wednesday in the Basque Country, the young playmaker claimed he was proud the English club made an offer for him, but he is proud to be an Athletic player.

I reached no agreement with el United. I am proud they made an offer for me, and that Athletic wanted me [to stay].I do not feel used by United, they made a formal offer. Athletic did not want to negotiate, I value that.

They had to pay the €36m clause and, then, seduce me more than Athletic. I never saw myself elsewhere

– Ander Herrera

Officials, supposedly from Manchester United, were reported to have traveled to the headquarters of the Spanish league to pay Herrera's buyout clause, but this ended in farce.

It was claimed Herrera had given them permission to pay the fee of £30million, which would have allowed him to join United, but the Basque midfielder denies that this was the case.

The lawyers that were at the LFP did not represent me. I didn't even know who they were.

At no moment did either I or my agent reach an agreement with United.

There are questions which United must answer.

– Ander Herrera