Andreas Pereira has made it clear that he has no desire whatsoever to leave Manchester United in the summer.
The Brazilian, who enjoyed a promising spell at Granada last year, went against his manager’s wishes by deciding to spend a second successive season on loan in La Liga with Valencia.
There have been suggestions that Pereira would seek guarantees from Mourinho in the summer for more minutes on the pitch, while reports from Spain have even floated the idea that the winger could join Valencia permanently.
But Pereira, when asked about his future, was keen to stress his commitment to playing for Man United.
“The Valencia coach speaks with me a lot and we have a good understanding, but as far as I’m concerned, I’m still a Manchester United player, with a contract at Old Trafford until 2020 and an ambition to make it at United. I’ve never sought to leave United.”
Pereira is an obvious talent and would have been presented with the opportunity to leave Old Trafford on a number of occasions over the last couple of years. But each time an offer came his way, he said no.
Many players his age grow frustrated with life on the periphery at United and move elsewhere, but Pereira is different. He is someone who believes in his ability to grace Mourinho’s side; he has been at the club for many years and will, no doubt, continue to fight for a place, even if that means another season on loan.
Supporters will just hope he gets sufficient time to prove himself during a pre-season which, due to the World Cup, is likely to commence without a number of big players.