Manchester United loanee Andreas Pereira could make an early return to Old Trafford, as manager Jose Mourinho looks for a replacement for the out-of-form Ander Herrera, according to reports.
Pereira, who spent last season with Granada, moved to Valencia this summer, despite performing exceptionally well in the Red Devils’ pre-season tour. It was concluded that the prime reason for the 22-year-old’s switch was that he wanted more play-time.
And though Mourinho wanted to hold onto Pereira, his departure from the club didn’t stop the Special One to maintain a regular contact with the Belgium-born midfielder.
Furthermore, the latest report from Spanish outlet Superdeporte suggests that the Portuguese might even call Pereira back mid-season following Ander Herrera’s poor run of form.
Also, with Barcelona showing a keen interest in the Spaniard, and Nemanja Matic having already taken his spot in Mourinho’s starting XI, the United gaffer is rather eager to recall the youngster from Spain.
Pereira too, knows his worth, and understands that he is present in the Portuguese’s future plans, and thus, while talking about his boss back in September, the highly-rated midfielder lauded Mourinho.
“It didn’t hurt me. I spoke to him before I came here,” he said. “I’m happy that he wants me and I think to myself that if I wasn’t a good player he wouldn’t have wanted me to stay.
“I look at the positives. If I thought negatively those comments could have hurt me but for me it’s something good. I spoke to him before I came and I wanted to work hard and stay the whole year.
“I’m focused on Valencia. I want to give my all and do the best I can in order to be at Valencia the whole year. I was told that I was going to play here a year and I want to remain here a year.”
Written by Sidharth Jindal
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