Andreas Pereira will remain at Manchester United for another season after the club triggered a contract extension clause, Press Association Sport understands.
The 23-year-old joined the Old Trafford youth set-up from PSV Eindhoven and has gone on to make 27 first-team appearances for the club.
Pereira spent time on loan with Granada and Valencia in the previous two seasons, but has kicked on somewhat at United this term and made his senior Brazil debut in September.
The midfielder scored a wonder goal in this month’s 3-2 comeback win against Southampton and days later started the stunning 3-1 victory over Paris St Germain in the Champions League.
Pereira’s contract had been due to run out at the end of the 2018-19 season but Press Association Sport understands that United recently invoked the one-year extension clause built into the deal.
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There has been widespread interest in the Brazilian but caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big fan of the midfielder, who he had no intention of allowing out on loan in January.
The extension allows United time to negotiate a new and improved deal with Pereira or sell for a fee this summer.
Pereira has made 14 appearances in all competitions for United this term, eight of which have come in the 18 matches since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho.
"He has gone through the academy, he has loads of energy and drive," said the Norwegian boss, per the Mirror.
“Maybe we found a better position for him. He is more of a No.8 or 10 than a six.
“Young kids when they get criticism, there is nothing better than seeing them grab their chance.”
Despite the fresh deal, though, Pereira's long-term future doesn't necessarily lie in the red half of Manchester.
He was deep into negotiations with boyhood club Santos only in January, so much so that he was speaking directly to club president Jose Carlos Peres.
"I even talked to the president, but unfortunately it was not possible. I also think that I have to finish a more established career here in Europe.
“So later… of course, it’s a dream to play in Santos. I told him, he understood, he was very nice to me. Of course, I wish the best for them, and God willing, this year we’ll win a little trophy there with Santos, right?"News Now - Sport News