PSG sign former Man United star on five-year deal

By AFP: Thursday, July 4th 2019 at 20:50 GMT +3 | Football
Herrera bid farewell to the United fans on the final day of the Premier League season [AFP]

Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer after leaving Manchester United, the French champions announced on Thursday.

The 29-year-old has signed a five-year contract which will keep him at the club until June 2024.

"I really wanted to join Paris and wear these colours," said Herrera, who has been capped twice by Spain.

"The club has a very beautiful story and I'm happy to be able to write new pages. Joining this club is an extraordinary feeling.

"I promise you three things -- work, professionalism and passion."

Herrera joined United in 2014 from Athletic Bilbao and scored 20 goals in 189 appearances during his five-year stint at Old Trafford -- becoming a go-to player in big matches, especially under former manager Jose Mourinho.

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He is PSG's third new arrival of the close season, after teenage goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, who joined from Chelsea, and fellow Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, who signed from Sevilla for a reported fee of between 18-20 million euros ($20-22m).

PSG coach Thomas Tuchel has been looking to strengthen in midfield after the capital club saw the jettisoned Adrien Rabiot join Juventus at the end of his contract.

Poland's Grzegorz Krychowiak also made a permanent move to Lokomotiv Moscow, where he was on loan last season.

Despite winning the Ligue 1 title, Tuchel's side were widely criticised after a shock Champions League last-16 loss to Manchester United.

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