Andreas Pereira has agreed a contract extension at Manchester United that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2019 ahead of his loan move to Valencia.
The Brazilian, who made 13 senior appearances under Louis van Gaal, enjoyed a superb loan spell at Granada in La Liga last season, making 37 appearances.
He impressed further over pre-season has agreed to join Valencia on a season-long loan with no option to buy for the 2017/18 campaign.
And the club has confirmed that, ahead of his move back to Spain, he has agreed a deal which will keep him at the club until 2019 with an option to extend for a further year.
“I am delighted that I have extended my contract with this great club,” he said soon after extending his contract.
“The manager is building a great team here and I want to be part of that as soon as possible. I am going to continue my development at Valencia this season in the hope that I will get plenty of minutes on the pitch. I would like to thank the manager for his help and guidance and for the faith he has shown in me.”
Pereira initially didn’t want a loan move this season. Fighting for a place in the first team was clearly a priority following a groundbreaking 12 months.
But the opportunity to join up with Marcelino and a team now moving in the right direction, back in a league where he excelled last season, was too good to turn down. Valencia, now with a young, determined squad, appear to be on the right track after a rocky few seasons and supporters will hope to see Pereira return next summer with an added veneer of confidence.