Father of Man United wonderkid backs starlet for first team next season

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Andreas Pereira’s father Marcos has confirmed that his 19-year-old son will not be loaned away from Manchester United next season as he looks to break into the first team.

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The midfielder recently signed a new three-year contract with the Red Devils [via ManUtd.com], and having recently been named as the reserve team’s player of the year [via the club’s official website], there are high hopes that the player can make the breakthrough at Old Trafford.

His father believes that that campaign could be on the horizon, and has confirmed that his son will not be loaned away from the club this summer.

“Until further notice, Andreas will not be loaned,” he began, speaking to Belgian newspaper Het Belang van Limburg [via Sport Witness].

“He has preseason with the first team and then we will review his situation.”

The player had previously stalled on a new deal at Old Trafford [via Give Me Sport], but the club avoided the kind of situation they experienced recently with Paul Pogba, when they finally tied the prodigy down to a new deal.

The 19-year-old—who moved to Manchester from PSV Eindhoven in 2011—made his Premier League debut for United in the middle of March, during the club’s 3-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

He is currently in action for Brazil at the U20 World Cup having turned his back on the land of his birth, Belgium, who he represented from U15 to U17 level.

In the same interview, the player’s father, who was born in Brazil, added that his son was totally focused on helping Brazil at the international youth showpiece: “the goal at this World Cup? Brazil wants to win. I make myself cannot make it to New Zealand, but fortunately I can follow everything on Eurosport.”