Andreas Pereira has explained his decision to join Valencia on a season-long loan, noting that his main priority at this stage of his career was minutes on the pitch.
The Brazilian enjoyed a fruitful spell in La Liga last season, making 37 appearances for Granada and impressing with his enterprising, penetrative style on the ball.
Jose Mourinho wanted to keep Pereira this season and reportedly attempted to block any loan move, but the 21-year-old ultimately joined the Spanish side on a season-long loan with no option to buy on deadline day.
And the midfielder, speaking to the club’s official website, was notably pleased to be returning to La Liga for the 2017/18 season.
“I am delighted that I have extended my contract with this great club,” he said. “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 flourished in La Liga last season and came back with an unmistakeable veneer of slickness on the ball – something on show against Real Madrid in pre-season – and you can hardly blame him for wanting to make a return.
He will not receive many minutes at all under Mourinho this season, whereas the challenge at Valencia is tantalising. New manager Marcelino changed the entire mood at the club, assembling a young, disciplined side packed with vigour, and Pereira would be foolish to turn such a prospect down.