Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he was “disappointed” with Andreas Pereira’s decision to join Valencia on loan.
Pereira impressed for the Red Devils on their pre-season tour of the United States, and it had been thought that the 21-year-old would battle for a spot in Mourinho’s first XI this season.
The attacker was not involved in the opening three weeks of the 2017-18 Premier League campaign, however, and decided to leave Old Trafford to join Valencia on a season-long loan.
Mourinho has revealed that “it was a personal decision” for Pereira to seek an exit, and the Portuguese has refused to hide his ‘disappointment’ at the youngster’s call.
“It was a personal decision that I don’t agree with, a decision I don’t think honestly is the best decision for him, a decision that disappoints me,” Mourinho told reporters.
“You have to be ready to fight for the position and I am disappointed he left. But it was his decision. I open the door, he has a long-term contract. We have the option to bring him back on January 1, so is not a drama but it is a decision which disappoints me a little bit.”
Pereira signed a new two-year contract with Man United earlier this month.