Manchester City loanee Yangel Herrera is not giving up hope of playing for the Blues, or another top European club.

The Venezuelan midfielder is being monitored by parent club City amid considerable interest in the 23-year-old.

MEN Sport understand Southampton and West Ham are among the Premier League clubs watching Herrera, whose loan at Granada expires this summer, as well as other La Liga clubs.

Herrera is set to be in Manchester for Granada's Europa League quarter-final second leg with Manchester United later today, and while it would usually be an opportunity for City staff to watch him up close, he says they are always tracking his progress.

He told El Estímulo (via Ideal ): "They are always watching me, every game.”

And regarding his future past this summer, Herrera insists he is not looking further than the current season.

“I focus on the day to day. It’s what has led me to where I am and that teams like that take me into account. Now I don’t think about whether I’m going there or not. I try to do well in Granada and in the future we will see if I can be there.”

“I work for [playing for a top European club]. I think it’s my goal. My dream was to play for the national team and reach an elite club in Europe. I try to evolve and grow. I can be very close to achieving it.”

Manchester City are in the semi-finals of the Champions League after they came from behind to defeat Borussia Dortmund in Germany.

Jude Bellingham's superb opener was cancelled out by second-half goals by Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden, and they'll face Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the final in Istanbul.

City now turn their attentions to trying to reach the FA Cup Final when they take on Chelsea at Wembley on Saturday.

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And ahead of his trip to Old Trafford, Herrera says he models his game on United midfielder Paul Pogba as he named the Frenchman as one of two players he looks up to.

"Pogba and [Sergio] Busquets," he said when asked who he bases his playing style on.

"I look at their way of playing, they do things well and are at a high level year after year. I like to see them and learn."