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Saturday 16 December 2017

Andreas Pereira considering Juventus after turning down new United contract

Andreas Pereira
Andreas Pereira

ANDREAS PEREIRA has revealed he is considering an offer to join Juventus this summer after turning down a new contract with Manchester United.

The 19-year-old attacking midfielder looks set to leave United once his contract expires at the end of the season after three and a half years at the club.

Pereira is a reported target of Paris St Germain although the Belgium-born player has not ruled out following the footsteps of former United prospect Paul Pogba, who left Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 to join the Turin club as a free agent.

"Everyone knows that Juve are a great club," said Pereira.

"I have spoken with Pogba many times, he is a good friend and he told me that I would be well served in moving to Turin, both personally and professionally, two important things for me.

"At this time I'm tied to United. My agent is evaluating the offers that have arrived, including that of Juventus, but it's no secret. Just as it's no secret that I have turned down the offers made by my current club.

"I know the Italian league and I certainly would not be disappointed to play there as is one of the best leagues.

"But I have not taken a decision yet.

"Alongside my entourage, I will evaluate all the offers that we have received and will evaluate many things before taking a decision. The financial aspect will be important but not crucial in making my decision."

Born in Belgium, Pereira has represented Brazil at under-20 level and plays regularly for the United U21 side but has struggled to break into the first team at Old Trafford.

Pereira made his debut for Louis van Gaal's team as a substitute in their 4-0 Capital One Cup defeat to MK Dons last August.

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