Andreas Pereira has shed light on the process that eventually led to his loan move to Valencia from Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho made attempts to block any loan move for the Brazilian after he impressed on loan with Granada last season and enjoyed a series of positive performances over pre-season.
But he was eventually granted his wish to move back to La Liga on deadline day on a season-long loan with no option to buy and could make his Valencia debut against Atletico Madrid on Saturday.
Speaking soon after being unveiled at the Mestalla, Pereira noted that he initially didn’t think any loan move was possible during the latter stages of the transfer window.
“I only knew that I couldn’t come to Valencia and that I had to stay at United,” he said. “I had mentally prepared to stay, but in the last minutes the situation changed and I was very happy. They never explained the problems to me.
“I was afraid it was not possible. I was in Belgium to be with my family, enjoying having three days off. But when I was told that it could be closed and that things had to be sorted quickly, I was very happy.
“Mata spoke to me very well about Valencia. He told me that it is a great club and that it is a very good city. He also told me that the fans are very good”
Some players don’t want to go on loan. A nine month spell away from the first team – the club where your hopes and ambitions lie – can have an adverse effect and leave you even further on the periphery. They want to fight for their place in the first team only to be told they need to go elsewhere. This is, I imagine, what happened with Adnan Januzaj.
But this was not the case with Pereira. The chance to join up with a youthful, dynamic side under a new manager and a club steeped in history was too good to refuse. He will only continue to improve and supporters will hope to see him return with an added vignette of maturity next summer.