Promising youngster Andreas Pereira happy to stay at United

Old Trafford

Andreas Pereira has said he wants to extend his contract with Manchester United and continue developing in the club's first team.

Young United midfielder Andreas Pereira is among the most promising players to have come out of the club's prestigious academy in recent seasons.

However with his current contract due to expire next summer,recently speculation has been mounting surrounding his long-term future.  If the 18-year-old's deal is not extended by January then he will be free to hold discussions with any other club, which is similar to what happened when Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba left the club in 2012.

Unlike the Pogba situation though Pereira has insisted that he is very happy at Old Trafford and wants to grow as a player with the club.

He told Perform: "My intention is to stay here at the club, they didn't speak with me until now, I need to train well, doing my part and if God wants they will extend my contract.

"My agent is in charge of everything, I asked him to do his job without telling me anything to keep my focus on the pitch. I need to think only about Manchester United otherwise it will spoil my work here.

"I'm very happy, I'm playing in the first team since the manager selected me from the youth academy a month ago, I'm very pleased because I can develop my skills with the best players in the world. It's been a great moment and I want to grow a lot as a player."

The Belgium-born Brazil international was handed his senior debut by new United boss Louis van Gaal earlier this season; he came on as a second-half substitute in the dismal 4-0 defeat to MK Dons. Pereira has also been an unused substitute in three Premier League games this season, including the latest 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

Expect United to tie down this youngster sooner rather than later; the longer it drags on the greater the chance of Pereira becoming disillusioned with the club handling of him. After all you would expect United to have learned their lesson with Pogba.

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