Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira has once again reaffirmed his desire to play for the Brazilian national team in the future.
Like Adnan Januzaj, Pereira has dual nationality and has represented Belgium for four years up to the Under-17s but in an interview with Esportes Terra, Pereira insists that he ‘did not feel at home’ playing for Belgium and wants to fulfill his dream with Brazil.
If he does join up with Brazil’s Under-20s, he could feature for them in the 2016 Olympics and the South American Under-20 cup in 2015.
“I told Belgium that I no longer wanted to play and wanted to focus on Manchester,” he said.
“They call me here but I want to play for Brazil in the future.
“Gallo [Brazil U20 coach] came here, said he will see other players in Europe and told me I’m doing a good job and am moving well.
“Ahead, I will see if I’ll be called. I hope so.
“It’s a dream to play for the national team,” he said.
“I played for three or four years in Belgium but it is not the same thing. I did not feel at home. I am a Brazilian fan and Brazil is the best team in the world.”
Back in October, Pereira first mentioned his desire to play for Brazil and it is clear he wants to commit his future to the country where his parents are from.
The 18-year-old is considered one of the brightest prospects in our academy and wants to follow in the footsteps of Adnan Januzaj. If he can do that as well as breaking through into the Brazil, he’ll set himself up for a great career.
This year, Pereira started off the season in uncharacteristically slow form but has improved as the season has worn on. With United’s Under-21s now in a run of form and looking likely to qualify for the Elite Stage of the Under-21s Premier League, hopefully Pereira can re-find his best form.