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Manchester United were ‘too slow’ to keep Ander Herrera

ANDER HERRERA has revealed he made up his mind to join Paris Saint-Germain after Manchester United dragged their heels over a new deal.

The Spanish midfielder (above) signed for the French giants last month for a reported £300,000-a-week wage after leaving Old Trafford on a free transfer.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was keen to keep the 30-year-old but his exit looked inevitable once the season ended with no new contract agreed.

Instead he penned a five-year contract in Paris and, after five years in England, Herrera will line up at the Parc des Princes next season and admitted his departure had been tough.

‘I do not like looking at the past very much but there were differences regarding the project and my importance within it,’ he told Spanish media.

‘I was very happy, I have a lot to thank the club and fans for, and Solskjaer. He did a lot for me to stay but things did not happen, they [United] arrived late and by then I had made the decision to play in Paris.’

Herrera stopped short of suggesting his new side try to sign United keeper David de Gea, who has been linked with PSG previously. ‘David is my friend, I have a great relationship with him and he is one of the best in the world, for me top three,’ he added. ‘But here [at PSG] there are already two great goalkeepers.’

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