Manchester United have handed a new contract to promising Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, which extends his current deal until 2018.
The 19-year-old joined the Old Trafford club from the PSV Eindhoven youth academy in 2011 and has made steady progress through the Premier League club’s youth ranks since.
Belgian-born, Pereira represented the European nation at under 15, 16 and 17 level before switching allegiances to Brazil last year and stepping out for the South American country’s under-20’s outfit.
Pereira made his debut for United against Tottenham last year and has been in the first-team reckoning since as a back-up option.
The teenager stated that he was delighted to extend his stay with Louis van Gaal’s men.
I am pleased to have signed my new contract,” he told the club’s official website.
“I would like to thank the manager for giving me the opportunity to join the first-team squad. I made my Premier League debut against Tottenham Hotspur and to play at Old Trafford in front of so many fans was a dream come true.
“I am at the right club to continue my development as a player and to learn as much as I can. I want to thank my family and God for the opportunity he has given me.”
Pereira is likely to face a real challenge in finding first-team football at Old Trafford given the players in front of him in the midfield pecking order, with more star names expected to arrive at the club ahead of next season.