Pereira facing uncertain Man Utd future, but has spoken with Mourinho

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The Brazil U-23 international is currently taking in a loan spell at Granada and knows he has plenty to prove if he is to earn a role at Old Trafford

Andreas Pereira admits there are various paths his career could take from this point, but he hopes to have a future at Manchester United.

The 21-year-old is currently taking in a loan spell at Spanish side Granada after being made aware that first-team opportunities at Old Trafford would be limited in 2016-17.

The Brazil U-23 international spoke with Jose Mourinho last summer in an effort to determine where he stands and has no issue with having to seek game time elsewhere.

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He believes he will be given a chance in England if he can prove his worth, and is determined to do just that with a struggling outfit in La Liga.

Pereira told The Guardian: “I spoke to Mourinho about it. I was honest with him and he was honest with me. I like this about him. He said: ‘If you stay, you’ll get a game, you’ll play in the cup’, but that’s not what I needed and he thought that as well, so it was better to go on loan.

“I told him I would go anywhere he thought fit. He would like me to go to Fulham but it didn’t go through and then I had this option. Spain is my kind of football, I was happy Granada were interested.

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“The manager said: ‘Look, if you go there and play all season, that’s very important’.

“I wanted to feel what it is to play a whole season, have it in my legs, then come back. I didn’t want it to be: ‘You’re a young player going through the youth team’; I didn’t want that excuse.

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“Now I’ve played 30 games, I have experience I can use in Manchester. When you’re young on the bench you can’t show yourself really. Here, I’m showing I am a good player, ready to play.”

Pereira admits he would be happy to go out on loan again next season if required, but would need to see a contract at United that has just 12 months left to run extended if he is to have any hope of adding to his 13 competitive appearances to date.

He added: “I would love to go back and play at Old Trafford, but if they say: ‘Andreas, we would like to loan you out again,’ or ‘we don’t want you any more,’ I don’t know what I am going to do. But the focus now is Granada.”

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