Andreas Pereira is eager to find more regular gametime next season and says Manchester United agree with his wishes.
Pereira joined United as a teenager in 2011 and made his senior debut three years later. Since then, he has been unable to kick on. The midfielder has endured three different loan spells away, spending last season with Lazio after previous stints with Granada and Valencia.
In between, he has made 75 appearances for United, who have him under contract until 2023. He scored a stunning goal for them against Brentford in pre-season recently, but his future with the club is in doubt.
A return to Lazio on a permanent basis would be one option, despite him only starting three Serie A games last season. Alternatively, he has been linked with a move to Turkey with Fenerbahce in recent weeks.
At the age of 25, Pereira knows the decision of where he will be playing next season is a crucial one. Despite a chance remaining of him staying with United, he has confirmed he is looking to play more at this stage of his career.
Pereira told TNT Sports: “I’m ready to play, I’m not a boy anymore. I’m a man ready to take responsibility.
“I’m sure that with playing time and continuity as a starter in my position, I can show what I’ve done at the academy, I can score more goals and make assists. A player of my position needs the confidence to play and the freedom to dare on the field.”
The Belgium-born star did not make it explicitly clear that he wants to leave United, even if his chances of getting what he wants there are unlikely.
However, he did concede that the club are in agreement with him over finding the best solution.
“In Manchester or elsewhere, the time has come to play, to have at least an hour per game on the field, to have the confidence to play. I want to be happy, to feel important.
“We are focused on looking for the best for my career. That’s what my staff thinks. And I know United want the same.”
Andreas Pereira responds to Fenerbahce links
Pereira would not be drawn too much on the rumours linking him with Fenerbahce. However, with that looking the likeliest escape route from United, he suggested it could be an option.
He continued: “I leave the negotiations to my agent. If the interest is true, it would be great to talk to interested teams and see the project for my career, the importance I will have in the squad and future projection.
“About Fenerbahce, it’s a country with people passionate about football. And Alex is one of my idols in the position, it would be nice to wear his shirt. Why not?
“But it all depends on what they want for my career, as well as other interested clubs.”
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