The Spanish midfielder admitted that the French club has been despised by many and has been looking forward the challenge of maintaining their success
Ander Herrera says that he has been embracing the idea of being ‘hated’ as he gets set for his first season with Paris Saint-Germain.
The midfielder joined PSG this summer via a free transfer, having left Manchester United after five-year stay with the Premier League club.
Herrera, who made 189 appearances for the Red Devils, won the Europa League, an FA Cup, a League Cup and a Community Shield during his time at Old Trafford.
Now a member of PSG, the Spaniard has joined a club that tends to dominate in France, having already won the Trophee des Champions this season.
And Herrera understands that frequent success brings criticism and animosity, and he’s fully prepared to embrace that as he begins life in Ligue 1.
“[The club’s reputation has been] that of a giant! A club that has been respected, that has been classy. A club where three or four of the best players in the world play. I know too that it has been one of the most hated clubs in France, and I like that.”
The move to PSG brings Herrera to the fourth club of his career, having played for Real Zaragoza and Athletic Bilbao before heading to Old Trafford.
He was free to join any club this summer, but Herrera says that staying in the Premier League was not an option while also stating that he still holds plenty of love for his first club, Real Zaragoza.
“First of all, [I joined PSG] for the project. The club has a classy and glamorous side that I like a lot. Then, because I wanted to continue to play for a big club,” he said.
“And, honestly, I could not see myself playing in another English club. When you have played for Manchester United, it has been difficult to go elsewhere.
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“PSG, they have a project that has been progressing incessantly. The way that PSG approached me was impeccable. I felt wanted. Thomas [Tuchel] called me multiple times to talk. He has been someone who helps players become better. At 29, I still want to improve.”
He added: “I was happy to play for Athletic Bilbao, another club that has been dear to me, and for Manchester United, the biggest club in the United Kingdom, where I felt loved. Today, I am happy to be at PSG, the biggest club in France.
“I have always given everything to the clubs I have represented and I represent. But I cannot lie to you: the club of my heart has been still Real Zaragoza, who I have supported as a child and where I started my career.”