In an interview with El Desmarque, Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira reveals a drastic turn of events led to him signing for Valencia on loan this season.
“I only knew that I couldn’t come to Valencia and that I had to stay at United,” he told the Spanish outlet. “I had mentally prepared to stay, but in the last minutes the situation changed and I was very happy. They never explained the problems to me.”
“I was afraid it was not possible. I was in Belgium to be with my family, enjoying having three days off. But when I was told that it could be closed and that things had to be sorted quickly, I was very happy.”
Pereira, 21, also tells El Desmarque that he sought out advice from former Valencia playmaker and current United man Juan Mata about the Spanish club and city.
“Mata spoke to me very well about Valencia,” the Brazilian added. “He told me that it is a great club and that it is a very good city. He also told me that the fans are very good.”
“He told me that it would be good for me to play here. Now I want to prove it on the pitch.”
Pereira could make his debut for Valencia on Saturday when Los Che take on Atletico Madrid at Mestalla.