Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira has confirmed he wants to stay at Old Trafford beyond this season.
The 18-year-old’s contract expires next summer, but he is hoping that his agent reaches an agreement with the Red Devils over a new long-term deal.
Pereira made his Manchester United first-team debut during August’s infamous 4-0 defeat to League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup second round, but was one of the few players on the visiting side to emerge from the match with any credit.
Pereira wants new deal
Pereira is now hoping to add to his appearance tally over the coming months - and insists he is letting his agent deal with sorting out a contract extension, allowing him to focus solely on improving as a footballer.
“My intention is to here with the club,” the South American ace told Goal. “They didn’t speak with me until now. I need to train well, doing my part, and if God wants they will extend my contract.”
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Pereira continued: “My agent is in charge of everything. I asked him to do his job without telling me anything, to keep my focus on the pitch.
“I need to think only about Manchester United, otherwise it’ll spoil my work here.”
Video: Pereira speaks
Pereira happy at Old Trafford
Pereira, who joined Manchester United at the age of 11 following a personal invitation to Old Trafford from Sir Alex Ferguson, believes he is at the perfect club to continue his development - alongside some of the world’s best players.
“I’m very happy. I’m playing in the first team since the manager selected me in the youth academy a month ago,” he added. “I’m very pleased because I can develop my skills with the best players in the world. It’s been a great moment, and I want to grow as a player.”
United learn from Pogba situation
The Brazil Under-20 international knows, however, that he faces an uphill battle to cement his status as a first-team regular at Old Trafford. Competition for places in Van Gaal’s squad is fierce, but the Dutch could will be reluctant to allow such a talented young player to walk away from the club on a free transfer.
Manchester United did just that with Paul Pogba two years ago. The Juventus and France star was widely considered the best young player at Old Trafford, but a lack of playing time combined with an insufficient contract offer meant the Red Devils were ultimately powerless to prevent him from leaving the club.
Pogba went on to establish himself as the best young midfielder on the planet, and United will ensure they don’t make the same mistake with Pereira.