Valencia have confirmed that Manchester United can recall Andreas Pereira from his loan spell in the winter transfer window, on the basis of one ‘secret’ condition.
The Brazil international, despite being promoted to the Red Devils’ first team by manager Jose Mourinho at the start of the season, chose to depart from the Mancunian outfit in search of guaranteed and regular game time after the conclusion of the pre-season tour. He ended up securing a loan move to Valencia, where he currently continues to impress.
Meanwhile, at Manchester United, the Portuguese boss faces an injury crisis, especially in the midfield region, with the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Michael Carrick, and Paul Pogba all ruled out. Hence, with Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera being the only two available seniors, club supporters have already begun to rue Pereira’s departure.
Several sources in England have since indicated that the Premier League giants may very well choose to recall the 21-year-old from his loan spell in January. Mourinho had previously hinted at this possibility, and now, Valencia have confirmed that this condition indeed exists in the loan deal.
Mateu Alemany, Valencia’s chief executive, recently told Las Provincias: “Of course Manchester United have an option to get the player back. They can sign the player on one condition, but I am not going to say what kind of condition this is. It’s confidential and it’s something that I am not going to reveal.”
However, Andreas Pereira, who had previously claimed that he had no clue about any such recall condition, had also expressed his desire to stay with the La Liga giants for the entire campaign, much to the surprise of the Old Trafford faithful.
The young midfielder had stated (via Marca): “It was difficult because they wanted me to stay in Manchester, but for me individually, and for the options to play, it was better to be here. I want to be here and help the team all year, but I do not know what United wants in the future. I want to contribute the best and do the best all year at Valencia.”
Given the current midfield crisis in Manchester, however, Pereira would surely have received ample game time at the Theatre of Dreams – not only in a far more competitive league, but also within a much better team in terms of overall quality.
Written by Kunal Kambli
An introverted grammar pedantic who worships football and loves writing about it. Part of the BlameFootball team since 2016.