Manchester United have managed to tie down Andreas Pereira to a new three year contract with the club, as announced on their official website.
There is also an option on the deal to extend it for another year before it finishes. This will be good news for fans, with the 19-year-old seemingly highly rated at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has come through the Red Devils’ academy, and has been involved with the club since 2011 when he joined from PSV Eindhoven. The teenager made his debut this year in the embarrassing 4-1 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons, but this has done nothing to knock his reputation. He played for the first time in the Premier League against Tottenham back in March of this year.
Despite having played for Belgium until the Under 17’s age group, Pereira chose to represent Brazil at Under 20’s level, and appears to have decided that is his final choice. He told United’s official site: “My heart is Brazilian.”
He said of the new deal: “I am pleased to have signed my new contract. I would like to thank the manager for giving me the opportunity to join the first-team squad. I made my Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur and to play at Old Trafford in front of so many fans was a dream come true.
“I am at the right club to continue my development as a player and to learn as much as I can. I want to thank my family and God for the opportunity he has given me.”
Manager Louis van Gaal also seems overjoyed at the announcement, and added: “I am delighted that Andreas has signed a new contract. Andreas has all the attributes to become an integral part of the first team; great natural talent coupled with a good appetite to learn.
“I am pleased with his progression so far this season and look forward to working with him to develop his talent even further.”