Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira sounds keen on staying at Lazio after his loan deal expires.
There’s unlikely to be a place in the team at United for Pereira and I don’t think many were expecting the Serie A to try and sign the Brazil international permanently. But that hasn’t stopped him making it clear he’d like to stay in Rome.
Speaking in an interview with Brazilian journalist Clara Albuquerque at TNT Sports Brazil, the 25-year-old discussed his future.
“Lazio have the option to buy me back from Manchester United, so it all depends on the Biancocelesti,” said Pereira. “I know my skills have been appreciated this season and they have until the end of the season to make a decision.
“Rome is a wonderful city, I wouldn’t mind staying with Lazio. If they don’t keep me, I’ll have to talk to Manchester United to see what’s best for the club and for me.
Em exclusiva para a nossa @claalbuquerque, Andreas Pereira falou sobre ficar ou não na Lazio. E aí, o que achou?
— TNT Sports Brasil (@TNTSportsBR) May 6, 2021
“I’ve spoken to Solskjaer to find out my future and he said we need to talk. I just want to play because I am still hoping for a call-up from Brazil for the World Cup in Qatar.”
The 25-year-old midfielder has a lot of work to do in order to prove himself for the next World Cup. Ultimately, that won’t be achieved at United because he won’t get anywhere near enough games to earn a call-up for the Brazil squad.
This season he’s made 30 appearances for Lazio – scoring one goal and providing a further four assists.
And when an academy graduate doesn’t quite make it at United, it’s still good to see them playing at a high standard elsewhere. Pereira just isn’t good enough for the Reds.
“It doesn’t matter what it is or how it is, but for me, in Brazil, there is only Santos. I have already spoken to the president, they have already spoken to me, they made me very calm. We will see what happens in the coming years,” Pereira added.
“It was going to be a dream to end my career at Santos. So, let’s see what will happen in the next few years, but I would like to end my career art Santos.”