Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has discussed how he is unhappy with Andreas Pereira’s decision to join Valencia on loan.
The young midfielder is destined for big things, and is held in extremely high regard at Old Trafford. This was only reinforced by the club’s determination to tie him down to a new and improved contract, which Pereira signed on Saturday.
However, with the youngster having put pen to paper on a new deal with the club, he immediately accepted Valencia’s loan proposal, much to the displeasure of Jose Mourinho.
The United boss, as quoted by the Telegraph, today spoke of how he had hoped that Pereira would stay put with the Red Devils for the rest of the campaign and fight for his place.
His was a personal decision that I don’t agree with, a decision I don’t think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me.
He has the potential to be fighting for a position, fighting for opportunities and fighting to be a Manchester United player.
Pereira, who was born in Belgium but represents Brazil at youth, international level, will look to enhance his ability during his second stint in Spain, following a successful loan spell with Granada last season.
His decision can be considered a young player who wants to play every weekend but also a young player that is not ready to fight for something difficult. And it’s difficult to play in Manchester United’s midfield. You have to be ready to fight for the position and I am disappointed he left.
But it was his decision, I opened the door for his decision. He has a long-term contract, we have the option to bring him back on January 1, so is not a drama but is a decision which disappoints me a little bit.