Herrera denies Barcelona links

Ander Herrera has denied rumours that he will be joining Barcelona any time soon when speaking to the Spanish press after Manchester United's 5-2 win over LA Galaxy in a pre-season friendly on Sunday.

The midfielder has become a key player for Man United and picked up the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award for his efforts last season.

Herrera had been linked with a return to Spain with Barcelona after his former manager Ernesto Valverde took over the hot-seat at the Nou Camp following Luis Enrique's departure at the end of the last campaign.

-There is nothing certain about Barcelona because I am very happy at United and I feel valued and focused here, said the Spaniard.

His compatriot Alvaro Morata had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer before Jose Mourinho decided to bring in Romelu Lukaku instead in a £75m deal with Everton.

And Herrera revealed that he was relishing the prospect of linking up with the Real Madrid forward, and that the deal was indeed very close to coming to fruition.

-I even started to think I'd be playing with Morata. He was really close to signing, Herrera said.

He added: -It's a shame he's not with us but he's a top striker and will do well wherever he plays.

The two Spanish internationals will come up against each other when Man United face Los Blancos in Santa Clara this coming Sunday for the International Champions Cup.