ANDREAS PEREIRA signed a new two-year contract with Manchester United prior to his season-long loan move to Valencia last night.
The Red Devils loaned Pereira to Valencia in the final hours of Spanish transfer window despite his impressive performance during the club’s pre-season tour of the United States.
Many anticipated the 21-year-old to be offered an extended run in the first-team this year, but the attacker will be plying his trade on loan in the Spanish La Liga.
Mourinho said: “Andreas is already a very good footballer. He is a young player with great natural ability and a good attitude towards continuing his development.”
Pereira, himself, added “I am delighted that I have extended my contract with this great club”.
“The manager is building a great team here and I want to be part of that as soon as possible.
“I am going to continue my development at Valencia this season in the hope that I will get plenty of minutes on the pitch.
“I would like to thank the manager for his help and guidance and for the faith he has shown in me.”
The Brazilian midfielder had to contend with strong competition in United’s midfield, and the move was probably the right option for him to develop further in his career.
Pereira spent the previous campaign on loan with Spanish minnows Grandad for whom he bagged five goals across all competitions. The Belgian-born midfielder has been at Old Trafford since the age of 16 and he has managed 13 appearances for United to date.