Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira will not leave Old Trafford on loan before the transfer window deadline despite attracting interest from Valencia and FC Utrecht over the last week, according to reports.
The Brazilian, who made 13 appearances under Louis van Gaal, was sent to Granada on loan by Jose Mourinho last summer and, in spite of suffering relegation, emerged as one of the brightest young prospects in La Liga, making 37 appearances and coming second to only Dani Ceballos – who later earned a move to Real Madrid – when it came to completed dribbles amongst players under the age of 21. He returned to United in time for their pre-season tour of the United States and produced a series of commanding, skilful displays in midfield against the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester City.
And he made it clear last month that he didn’t want to leave on loan again this season but hasn’t featured in any of Mourinho’s match-day squads so far, prompting murmurs surrounding a potential move to either Valencia or FC Utrecht ahead of today’s deadline.
But his manager has blocked any potential move to the Spanish side and, according to M.E.N‘s Samuel Luckhurst, Pereira was seen arriving at Carrington this morning for training. The Portuguese clearly wants to keep young talents like Pereira around the squad with United fighting on four fronts this season and recently called on his fringe players to be patient for game time ahead of a busy September schedule.
“I will be very happy when the Champions League and League Cup start,” he said. “Because then I’ll have more games and more opportunities to give all of my players the game time they deserve.”
“As ever, all the boys are working hard. It might be easy for people to praise the ones who have done so well in the opening games of the season, but I prefer to praise the amazing professionals who are not playing at the moment.
“They might not have played the minutes they would have liked so far, but they are all being very patient and waiting for their opportunity to become important for the team.”