Valverde expects Herrera to stay

first_img But speaking after the game, Valverde was adamant the bid from David Moyes’ side was not related to his decision to leave Herrera out of his team. “It had nothing to do with the bid from Manchester United, I left him out because I chose the players I thought were best suited to the game,” he told a press conference. “I’m not thinking about speaking to him to convince him about anything and I’m not worried about anything else. “I haven’t spoken with the player but what I’m going to repeat is that I don’t expect the club to make any moves in the transfer market tomorrow (Monday). “I do not know what will happen. I want Ander to stay with us, and that is what I think, expect will happen.” Asked why he thought Herrera would stay, he responded: “It would be harder to explain why I thought he was going to leave.” Before the match, Valverde declared during a pre-match press conference that Herrera was fit to play against Madrid. The 24-year-old progressed through Real Zaragoza’s youth ranks before joining Bilbao in 2011 for 8million euros, and was part of the side that defeated Manchester United 5-3 on aggregate in the last 16 of the Europa League in 2011/12. He has a buy-out clause in his contract which is widely believed to be 36million euros. Herrera was the subject of a bid from the Premier League champions during the week, which was rejected by the Basque club. Herrera had started both of Athletic’s league games this season – against Real Valladolid and Osasuna – but played no part in the game at the Bernabeu, with Mikel Rico starting instead. Athletic Bilbao coach Ernesto Valverde does not expect midfielder Ander Herrera to join Manchester United, despite leaving the player out of his side for Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Buttler fined for verbal volley at Philander in second Test

first_imgJOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) – England wicketkeeper Jos Buttler has been fined 15% of his match fee and handed one demerit point after a foul-mouthed verbal volley aimed at South Africa batsman Vernon Philander during the second Test at Newlands on Tuesday.Buttler was heard swearing at Philander through the stump microphone on day five as the South African batted to save the Test for the home side, who succumbed to a 189-run defeat to leave the four-match series level at 1-1.Buttler was found guilty of a breach of the International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct for players, specifically the “use of an audible obscenity during an international cricket match”.He accepted the sanction, which means there will be no need for a formal hearing. He could have been fined up to 50% of his match fee and received two demerit points.When a player receives four demerit points in a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test match or two limited overs internationals.The third Test will start in Port Elizabeth on January 16.last_img read more