FORMER Manchester United star Ander Herrera is nearing an emotional return to La Liga club Athletic Bilbao
The Spanish midfielder is set to be released by Paris-Saint Germain two years early with the Ligue 1 giants desperate to trim their squad.
Herrera joined PSG from United in 2019 but has seen his playing time severely limited since last season.
The 33-year-old was determined to fulfil his contract at the Parc de Princes, but has now accepted it is time to move on.
And the former Spain international only has eyes for his boyhood club.
Marca report that Herrera has even accepted a 40 per cent reduction on his severance package from PSG so Bilbao won’t have to pay a transfer fee.
It is understood he will sign a two-year deal with the LaLiga side.
Herrera will be immediately available for Ernesto Valverde’s side who have so far managed a draw against Mallorca and a 1-0 win over Valencia in the La Liga season.
This will be Herrera’s return to the club he played for for three years between 2011 and 2014.
During that period, he was also under the wing of Valverde – who now finds himself once again managing Bilbao – who gave him 128 appearances in which he scored 11 goals.
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At that time he joined the club from Real Zaragoza.
From Bilbao he went on to sign for United before he joined PSG on a free transfer in 2019.
During his time in Paris, he managed 95 appearance across all competitions in which he netted in six goals and registered six assists.
He added two Ligue 1 titles to his trophy case but unfortunately did not manage to make European success like he had done when he won the Europa League with the Red Devils in the 2016/17 season.