Manchester United winger Andreas Pereira has reaffirmed his desire to stay at Old Trafford, despite Valencia being keen to turn his loan deal into a permanent one at the end of the season, reports the Daily Star.
The 22-year-old joined Los Che on a season-long loan last summer in a bid for more first-team football. He’s made 27 appearances in all competitions for Valencia, scoring and creating six goals, but has no plans to stay at the Mestalla Stadium past this summer.
Despite struggling for minutes at United, making just 13 appearances in his six years at the club, Pereira refuted claims that he demanded showdown talks with manager Jose Mourinho to hash out his future.
The Brazilian u23 international defied his coach to join Valencia, with Mourinho revealing he wanted Pereira to stay and fight for his place, but the winger is hoping he can resurrect his United career next season.
He told the South China Morning Post: “Valencia approached my agent and said they want to buy me, which is flattering, but it wasn’t like it was reported in the media. People said I’d demanded talks with Jose Mourinho when I’ve demanded nothing. I’ve never sought to leave United.
“The Valencia coach [Marcelino] speaks with me a lot and we have a good understanding, but as far as I’m concerned I’m still a Manchester United player, with a contract at Old Trafford until 2020 and an ambition to make it at United.”
Manchester United have a lot of competition in the attack, however, with Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata fighting for playing time, so Pereira has a tough task to get into the first-team.