Man Utd have announced that Andreas Pereira has signed a new contract extension with the club, keeping him at Old Trafford until 2019.
The decision to loan the 21-year-old to Valencia for the season was met with a negative response from supporters on Saturday, as many called for him to be involved in Jose Mourinho’s plans this year.
However, it looks as though the Man Utd boss clearly has long-term plans for him, as Pereira has penned a new deal that runs until 2019, while there is an option for a further year included too.
As a result, although the short-term picture will see him spend another year on loan after impressing for Granada last season, he’ll hope that by signing the new contract that he can return to Old Trafford next summer and finally start to push for a place in Mourinho’s line-up.
It won’t be easy given the competition for places, but judging from Mourinho’s comments below, he clearly expects Pereira to continue to develop and make it a difficult decision for him to be left out in the years to come.
“Andreas is already a very good footballer,” he told the club’s official site. “He is a young player with great natural ability and a good attitude towards continuing his development. I have no doubt that he has the potential to be one of the future great players of this club.”
Pereira has been at Man Utd since he was 16 and has made 13 appearances for the first team in that time. Moving forward, he’ll be looking to at least establish himself in the squad, and then pushing on for regular playing time if there is an opening for him.