Ex-Man Utd ace close to ‘throwing in towel’ after ‘most difficult career moment’

Ander Herrera is close to "throwing in the towel" on his 15-year career as a professional footballer.

The ex-Manchester United midfielder, 33, has managed just 11 appearances in all competitions this season and is currently sidelined with the same hamstring injury that has disrupted the majority of his second spell at Athletic Bilbao. Still yet to complete 90 minutes since his return to the Basque Country, Herrera released an emotional statement to social media revealing he is going through "the most difficult moment" of his entire career.

"I am going through, without a doubt, the most difficult moment of my career," the former Spanish international wrote on Twitter. "A little over a year ago I started having repetitive muscle problems from which I can't recover.

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"For someone like me, who is passionate about his profession and enjoys it intensely every day, it is something very hard. I feel the same energy and enthusiasm for football as I have during my entire career, but injuries are not allowing me to enjoy and be happy.

"I feel that in @AthleticClub, I have everything I need to be and that makes me suffer even more. I am surrounded by professionals who never stop showing me their help and support, and by peers like no other.

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"On occasions, it has crossed my mind to throw in the towel but I would not forgive myself. We want to educate our daughters in perseverance and in overcoming the obstacles that may be found along the way, and that would be exactly the opposite.

"I will continue looking for solutions and working to get back to doing what I like the most and return the love of the people around me."

Herrera joined Man Utd in a £29million switch at the start of the 2014/15 season banking the League Cup and the FA Cup before moving to PSG at the end of his five-year deal. He clinched two Ligue 1 titles and two Coupe de France crowns in the capital while also losing out in the Champions League final to Bayern Munich.

Herrera then joined former club Athletic Bilbao on a season-long loan deal in August which was made permanent on the final day of the January transfer window.


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