Jose Mourinho blasts 21-year-old midfielder for pursuing loan move

Andreas Pereira

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been left disappointed by Andreas Pereira’s decision to join Valencia on a season-long loan deal. The 21-year-old pursued his temporary switch to Los Che on September 1 after having inked a new long-term contract with the Red Devils.

Pereira had earlier cited his desire to fight for a position under Jose Mourinho, and he was, later on, involved in the club’s pre-season tour of the United States. The Special One excluded him from the opening three games of the new league season, and this eventually urged him to pursue a short-term move to Mestalla.

Speaking to reporters, Mourinho admitted that he wanted to keep Pereira at Old Trafford, but he had to respect the player’s decision. He added that there is a recall clause in his contract which would potentially see him return in the New Year.

“I’m a bit disappointed that he left. But, okay, it was his decision. I open the door for his decision. He has a long-term contract and we have an option to bring him back on 1 January, so we have that situation under control,” he is quoted as saying on United’s club’s official website.

Pereira enjoyed success in a loan spell with Spanish minnows Granada last season, and he will hopefully improve his reputation with Valencia, who have made a bright start to the La Liga campaign. Los Che have secured four points from their opening two league games.

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