Andreas Pereira is still hopeful he can secure a permanent move to Flamengo, despite reports suggesting the deal could collapse.
Pereira had been expected to make his loan move from Manchester United permanent, having made the move to his native Brazil last summer. Having met with Old Trafford officials, Flamengo’s club chiefs were thought to have negotiated a smaller fee for the midfielder.
Flamengo, though, are yet to confirm whether the deal will go ahead or not, with reports in South America suggesting it could now be off as Pereira goes through a tough past of form. The 26-year-old has found his chances more limited since the turn of the year.
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His drop in form came after a high-profile mistake in the Copa Libertadores final last year saw Flamengo beaten by Palmeiras. Pereira has since found himself out of favour with Paulo Sousa, who became the club’s manager in February.
With the midfielder set to return to United in the summer if a permanent deal isn’t pursued, his future looks uncertain. Pereira addressed his situation as he gave an interview at the weekend, insisting he isn’t paying attention to recent reports, and is still aiming to prove he deserves his move to Flamengo.
“I have a contract until June and I will always do my best for Flamengo. I’m focused and positive for whatever comes,” Pereira told Globo Esporte.
“I just want to thank the fans, the teammates, and everything they are doing for me and have done. It was really difficult, very difficult after the final, but it’s something that inside me I’ve already overcome. I’ve already put it back and I’m looking forward more calmly. I’m sure I have enough quality to reverse this situation.”
Pereira added: “I don’t pay much attention to these things, but everyone knows that I prioritised Flamengo. Everyone in the club knows this. It’s hard for me to talk about my own value, but a Manchester United player for 10 million euros… Should I be cheaper? I’m doing my best, but I can’t say if it’s too expensive or cheap.
“I’m calm and focused. I know there’s this indecision. I also have to talk about it with the people close to me, and on the pitch I’m calm. I know it can be resolved in a month, at the end before I leave, but I’m calm and always thinking about the next game.
“I came to Flamengo to show my football and I will show a lot more. Of course, the disappointment of not having won the titles remains, for sure, but I always tried to show my value on the pitch and the fans recognised it. I always told my friends and Flamengo that I always prioritised them, and that Flamengo is very important to me.”
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