Andreas Pereira looking for more game time confirms agent

by Ben Topliss

The agent of Manchester United’s Andreas Pereira has said game time, and not specifically money, is behind the 19-year-old’s refusal to sign a new contract at the club.

Pereira’s current deal runs out at the end of the season and he has been heavily linked with a number of clubs including Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, Feyenoord and PSV Eindhoven.

PSV have been in contact with the player’s father while Pereira himself revealed he has spoken to Juventus’ Paul Pogba about a potential move to the Italian giants.

Pereira’s future is far from certain but his agent, Leo Scheinkman, denied rumours he had already agreed to join PSV and said the youngster simply wants more minutes on the pitch wherever he ends up.

Speaking about Pereira, Scheinkman said: ”It’s absolutely not true that Andreas has already signed with PSV and that next year he’ll play in the Eredivisie.

“The player has many offers and also Manchester United, there is still much time to decide and we’ll do it with the upmost calm.

“The player is flattered by the interest of an important and prestigious club like Juventus. It’s clear that for Pereira, a young player but very talented, the idea of ​​being able to play for a winning team at Juventus is a great temptation.

“But before taking the decision we still want to see if United are willing to make another offer, although I think in the end the player’s choice does not depend on just how much money is proposed.

“Andreas wants to play and have more chances than he currently gets at Manchester United and this will be crucial for him when choosing which jersey to wear next season.”

The revelation that Pereira’s frustration is based on game time rather than money is odd given he has enjoyed a good season of progression at Man United this season.

Pereira was handed his senior debut by Louis van Gaal against MK Dons in the League Cup and has been training with the first-team all season.

Given the fact that the likes of Juan Mata and Ander Herrera haven’t been playing, Pereira hardly has grounds for complaint. Whatever happens, fans will be hoping his situation does not follow that of Pogba’s, who left United in 2011 on a free transfer before becoming one of the world’s best players.

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