English Premiership

Pereira ready for United next season

2017-03-31 14:30
Andreas Pereira.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Brazilian midfielder, Andreas Pereira, has declared his intention to play himself into the Manchester United first team when he returns from his loan spell in Spain.

The 21-year old has been plying his trade with La Liga outfit Granada this season, but has every intention of making himself a core part of Jose Mourinho's squad when he returns.

The attacking midfielder is yet to play a match under Mourinho, despite making 13 appearances under his predecessor, Louis van Gaal, and reveals that he has been in regular contact with his parent club.

"It was nice to hear from Jose Mourinho and it's nice that the people at United trust me and I always feel that they are watching. For me, that's very important," he told Manchester United's official website.

"I don't feel like you're left alone when you go on loan, and it feels good," the player continued. 

"I still feel part of it. I'm doing my thing here but I'm still a United player and that's the end of the story.

"(Assistant manager) Rui Faria sometimes sends me messages and asks how it is going. He contacted me to say I scored a good goal and I am happy when I get recognised for doing good things and to know that they're watching.

"Hopefully, I will come back next season and show the fans and everyone at United that I am ready."

Pereira has been a regular starter for Granada, but despite him feeling comfortable with his level of performance, the 19th-placed club appears destined for relegation.

"I'm playing well. I'm trying to do my job and am getting a lot of minutes," he said.

"It has been very good playing here at a high level in Spain, in La Liga, every week. I get to train and focus hard for the games and, for me, it has been very good.

"Unfortunately for the team, it has been a bit difficult this season but we're trying to get out of this situation as quickly as possible," the player added.

Granada next face La Liga title contenders, Barcelona, in a home fixture on Monday.

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