Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has held talks with PSV Eindhoven over a summer Bosman transfer, after growing increasingly convinced that he's got no chance of breaking through at Old Trafford while Louis van Gaal is in charge.
Pereira has played just once for the first-team this season, a 45-minute debut for the Red Devils in the League Cup capitulation at the MK Dons.
The 19-year-old has been forced to make do with reserve-team football and is far from impressed with Van Gaal's plans for the future, with Voetbal International reporting that to return to PSV at the end of the season.
Time to move on
United want to keep Pereira and still believe he's a player with serious potential, but the lure of a return to PSV and regular game-time will likely prove too strong.
The talented teenager was persuaded to swap Eindhoven for United three years ago, but after talks between PSV and his father Marcos Pereira it looks like he's returning far sooner than anyone expected.
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Van Gaal should have given him a chance
You can completely understand why Pereira has come to the conclusion that Van Gaal doesn'r rate him, because while other youngsters have been given Premier League exposure he's continued to sit on the sidelines.
Paddy McNair, Tyler Blackett and James Wilson have all made the step up the senior side with surprisingly regularity, but a player with the same potential at a similar stage in his development in Periera has been held back.
Surely it would have been worth letting Pereira start once at a higher level, if only for Van Gaal to confirm his own suspicions that the Belgian starlet wasn't quite ready?
Van Gaal can hardly expect Pereira to sign another contract United with no guarantee of an improvement to his current situation, so its best for both parties if the attacking midfielder moves on and showcases his talent elsewhere.
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