Manchester United youngster Andreas Pereira has admitted to wanting clarity on his future this summer having spent the season on loan at Valencia.
The talented midfielder was sent to Spain under dubious circumstances last summer with fans and Jose Mourinho alike said to be disappointed.
The Portuguese manager was reported to have wanted Pereira to remain at the club and fight for his place though he opted to move to the La Liga for more game time.
Setting his injury aside, the academy product has featured for his temporary club fairly frequently and will feel his decision is justified.
Whether Mourinho is ready to put aside his grievances in order to welcome the player back with open arms is yet to be seen.
According to Metro, Andreas said to Sport/Foot: “The manager will see me in a different light if I come back from Valencia with a good report card. I’ll then change status more easily than if I continued to simply try and get a break as a homegrown talent.
“The Manchester United technical staff follow me closely. We speak on the phone regularly or we send each other messages on WhatsApp. I also communicate with Mourinho.
“I dreamed of playing for Manchester United, and I still do. I’m still under contract there. The staff now see that I can hold my spot at Valencia, that I’m at the required level. My future at Valencia depends on Manchester United.
“All the options remain open, but I don’t want to be loaned again. I’ve shown what I can do. This summer, I want clarity. I want to be able to stay at a club for two to three years in order to build something.”
The truth is that if Andreas Pereira really did defy his manager’s wishes to leave on loan then Jose would be right in not welcoming him back.
However, it would be a shame given how highly rated the Belgian is and how he can truly have a future at Manchester United.
Unfortunately it’s likely Pereira would once again want promises of first team football and it doesn’t appear as though his manager could make that promise.