The 24-year-old looked to be on the way to United in the summer but Ed Woodward and David Moyes’ reluctance to pay his release clause saw the move collapse.
There had been murmurs of a rekindled approach in January but Herrera has made it abundantly clear that he has every intention of staying with Bilbao right now.
“I’m not going to talk about Manchester United anymore, it doesn’t help to anyone,” he said.
“I’ve already explained the situation. I feel good here, like I’ve always said and I’m going to continue with Athletic.
“Why wouldn’t I listen[to a new contract offer]? The club hasn’t yet taken the plunge. I am hopeful and very happy with everything at Athletic. I have two and a half years left on my contract and I’m not worried, there’s still time.
“Qualifying for European competitions every year will help to keep a good block [on potential moves] for many seasons.”
Bilbao has lost the likes of Javi Martinez and Fernando Llorente in the past couple of years and it looked like Herrera was going to follow them out of the San Mames but due to United’s poorly executed move, his transfer to Old Trafford is now dead in the water.
Some may look at it as a blessing in disguise given how poor Herrera has been this season compared to last year but after his performance in Bilbao’s 1-0 win over Barcelona, he may well be about to re-establish himself in the Basque side.