Ander Herrera travels to watch Real Zaragoza during free time

by Sam Peoples

Ander Herrera took advantage of some free time during the international break to fly over to Spain and watch his old side Real Zaragoza in action.

The 25-year-old spent seven years in total at Zaragoza having come right through their academy and ‘B’ side to earn a place in the first-team.

Herrera might not be a Zaragoza local any more but he hasn’t forgotten his roots and to see him make the effort to watch them live from the stadium is a testament to his character.

He has such an endearing, genuine nature and little gestures like this are proof of that.

Ander Herrera gives the thumbs up whilst watching Real Zaragoza play this weekend”

Herrera might be a Manchester United player now but there is only one team who will ever have his heart.

“I’m a little bit of a footballing romantic,” Herrera explained to Henry Winter in a superb interview for The Telegraph.

“You have to support your local team – always. My idols were Gus Poyet and Nayim. You can admire players from the biggest teams but my idols were from Real Zaragoza.

“They were my team, are my team, and will be my team always. You can change your wife, you can change your girlfriend but you cannot change your football team.”

Herrera’s on the pitch performances are earning him much deserved plaudits but his off the pitch approach towards fans both past and present is equally as impressive. Long may it continue.

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