Manchester United round-up: Mourinho criticises midfielder; Bale deal possible; De Gea asks for help to leave
Jose Mourinho has hit out at young midfielder Andreas Pereira after he opted to move on loan to Valencia. Mourinho is quoted by the Metro as questioning the decision of the youngster, who made a late transfer window move to La Liga after a loan spell at Granada last season. He said:
“Andreas Pereira was a personal decision, a decision I don’t agree with, a decision I don’t think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me a little bit because I think he has the potential to be fighting for a position, fighting to for opportunities and to be a Manchester United player. But, OK, it was his decision. I open the door for his decision. He has a long-term contract. We have the option to bring him back in January, so we have that situation under control. It is not a drama but it is a decision which disappoints me a little bit.”
Pereira clearly felt that his opportunities would be limited in Manchester, particularly with the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Marouane Fellaini for competition. However, Mourinho clearly would have chosen to keep him around if he had the final say.
When he returns, he may be followed on the plane from Spain to Manchester United by Gareth Bale. That comes after Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hinted that the Welshman could be available next summer as he told Spanish radio station Cadena SER, as translated by Metro:
“He is one of our best players and we are very pleased with him. There were no offers for him and what Mourinho said in relation to him was just said in a complimentary way. Every player is transferable right now and we’ll see what happens in a year, although I don’t know what’ll happen next year, just as nobody does.”
The winger has not enjoyed the best start to the season with continuing doubts over his fitness. The rise to stardom of Marco Asensio and the fine form of Isco are unlikely to do the superstar any favours unless he can re-find his best form imminently.
Another player may move the other way, if the Spanish source Diario Gol is to be believed. They say that David de Gea has spoken with international team-mate Sergio Ramos to help him engineer a move to the Bernabeu after it has not materialised since the move collapsed a few years ago.
De Gea may well be aware of the influence of Ramos in Madrid, where he is captain, but given the unreliable nature of the source, this rumour may be pure speculation and wide of the mark.
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