Andreas Pereira has confirmed his desire to return to Old Trafford, amid talks over a potential permanent transfer to Valencia.
Pereira was loaned out to the La Liga side in last year’s summer transfer window, despite manager Jose Mourinho’s wish to keep him in Manchester. Since then, the Brazilian has gone on to make 27 appearances, 17 of which have been regular starts, for Los Che in all competitions.
The 22-year-old has been enjoying his stint with Valencia, especially with him playing in his natural winger position – something which he wasn’t allowed to do by the Special One.
According to the Portuguese tactician, ‘role of a winger doesn’t exist in United’s system,’ and thus, Pereira played in more of a deep-lying midfielder position in United’s pre-season.
Meanwhile, Valencia are said to be preparing to make the Brazilian’s loan move a permanent one, but Pereira is reportedly keen ‘to make it at United’.
As per South China Morning Post, when asked about the potential switch to Mestalla, Pereira said: “Valencia approached my agent and said they want to buy me which is flattering, but it wasn’t like it was reported in the media.
“People said I’d demanded talks with Jose Mourinho when I’ve demanded nothing. The Valencia coach speaks with me a lot and we have a good understanding, but as far as I’m concerned I’m still a Manchester United player, with a contract at Old Trafford until 2020 and an ambition to make it at United.”
The 22-year-old concluded by saying, “I’ve never sought to leave United.”
As for the Red Devils, they hold the youngster in high regard, and see him as a future star at Old Trafford. But with Mourinho planning a complete overhaul of his side to challenge for the league title, it is yet to be seen if the United gaffer decides to go back to Pereira next season.