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Man United winger Pereira rejects early return talk

Andreas Pereira has rejected talk of a clause that would see him move back to Manchester United from Valencia in January.

The 21-year-old winger was hotly linked with a summer exit from Old Trafford after being told by United boss Jose Mourinho that he would be given a bit-part role to prove himself at the English club this season.

Valencia amongst others swooped for the youngster and after talks – a move to the Mestalla on a one-year loan was agreed, despite Mourinho’s unhappiness at the winger’s decision.

Reports in Spanish and English press have since claimed that a special clause in his loan deal could see the Brazilian born Belgian return to Manchester in January.

However, Pereira has been quick to rubbish that talk, saying he would prefer to stay in Spanish football.

In an interview with Spanish daily Marca, he opened up about his future with both Valencia and United.

“It was difficult because they wanted me to stay in Manchester, but for me individually and for the options to play it was better to be here.”

Touching further on Mourinho’s comments about his decision to join Los Che, Pereira added that he is fully focused on helping Marcelino’s side to success.

“It did not hurt (Mourinho’s comments), I talked to him before coming here. On the one hand I am happy because he likes me and I think he if thinks that I am not a good player he would not have wanted me to stay. So I think on the bright side. If I thought negatively it might hurt, but for me it is a good thing. I talked to him before coming here and I want to work hard stay all year.

“I am focused here.I want to be here and help the team all year, but I do not know what United wants in the future. I want to contribute the best and do the best all year at Valencia.”

Prior to joining Valencia, Pereira spent time on loan with Granada in La Liga last term, failing to help them beat relegation.

Having been signed by United in 2011 from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, Pereira made just five appearances for the English club, whilst representing both Brazil and Belgium at youth levels.

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