Jose Mourinho is blocking Manchester United player move to Madrid?

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has ordered the club to trigger a 12-month extension clause in Ander Herrera’s contract in order to block interest from Atletico Madrid.

The Spaniard signed a four-year deal with the Red Devils following a £28million move from Athletic Bilbao in 2014 but United have the option of extending his deal by a further year.

The club have neglected that option so far in favour of negotiating a completely new deal with Herrera, who won the Sir Matt Busby Player of the Year award last season.

However, negotiations have been lengthy and United do not envisage a breakthrough in 2017.

Atletico Madrid have noted Herrera’s refusal to sign a new deal and are free to discuss a pre-contract agreement with the midfielder in January.

However, with negotiations dragging on, United are now expected to trigger Herrera’s extension to prevent him from signing an agreement with Diego Simeone’s side.

Herrera is believed to be happy at Old Trafford but he’s made no secret of his desire to return to his homeland before his career finishes.

The midfielder’s also found playing time hard to come by so far this term following the arrival of Nemanja Matic.