Athletic Bilbao forward Ibai Gomez says he's delighted Ander Herrera's move to Manchester United fell through after David Moyes made an eleventh-hour move for the midfielder on deadline day.
Herrera was believed to be the subject of an offer from Moyes on the final day of the summer transfer window as United scrambled to land a target besides Marouane Fellaini. However, the club refused to meet the Spain Under 23 international's release clause and as a result the deal fell through.
Herrera has insisted that he never spoke to the club about a move and is happy to stay with Athletic for the season ahead. And Gomez also argues that the 24 year old was completely honest in his assertions that he never disrespected the club and pushed for a move to Old Trafford.
"He was totally honest," he told Spanish paper Marca.
Of Herrera's stay at Athletic, Gomez said: "It's excellent news because he's a great player and a great person both on and off the pitch."
Herrera said yesterday that he was flattered to be linked to United, telling reporters: "They would have had to pay my buyout clause, which is €36 million, and appeal to me more than Athletic does, which is hard.
"I was sure that they weren't going to deposit the buyout clause, because it was a lot of money.
"I'm very grateful for their offer and to Athletic for appreciating me. The fans have really encouraged me. I'm very happy here."
Reports have claimed that David Moyes will likely pursue the 24 year old in the January transfer window, but it is clear it will be difficult to do so unless United are willing to pay top dollar for the man who helped Athletico qualify for European football at the end of last season.