Louis van Gaal thinks Andreas Pereira can become integral first team player

by Sam Peoples

Louis van Gaal is delighted Andreas Pereira has signed a new long-term with Manchester United and believes he has all the attributes needed to become an integral first-team player.

The 19-year-old put pen to paper on a new three-year deal to commit his future to the club, amid speculation linking clubs including Paris St Germain with a move for him.

Like so many other teenagers, van Gaal gave Pereira his senior debut at the club this year and has been impressed with his progression since he took over as United manager.

“I am delighted that Andreas has signed a new contract,” van Gaal told ManUtd.com.

“Andreas has all the attributes to become an integral part of the first team; great natural talent coupled with a good appetite to learn.

“I am pleased with his progression so far this season and look forward to working with him to develop his talent even further.”

It’s a testament to van Gaal’s reputation that so many youngsters have signed new contracts this year.

Tyler Blackett, Reece James, Paddy McNair and Andreas Pereira have all pledged their futures to the club and the direction in which it is being taken by van Gaal.

Anybody who has regularly followed Man United’s U21s over the last couple of years will be well aware of Pereira’s talent. If he can match that some maturity and discipline, two traits van Gaal will teach him in abundance, he’s got everything he needs to become a successful player at United.

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