Andreas Pereira has agreed another loan move away from Manchester United, signing up to play for the Brazilian side for the season ahead.
While Pereira was born in Belgium, his allegiance is with Brazil, who he represented at U-20 and U-23 level before making his debut for the national team in September 2018.
Pereira will return to the homeland of his parents for the campaign ahead and told the club’s YouTube channel that they were the only club he wanted to join after hearing of their interest.
It’s an incredible feeling. I’m very happy, anxious too. I want to work, get here to win titles, help the team, and do my best. It’s an inexplicable feeling. Since the first contact I had, it was something that has always been in my heart. I talked to my family about it. I was very happy. I did an entire pre-season with Manchester United so I’m fit and ready to play from the first minute the team needs me.
It could be argued Pereira is tacking a gamble here, as one would at Hyperino, in moving away from European football. He has previously joined three clubs on loan before now, firstly Granada and Valencia in Spain, before playing for Italian club Lazio last season. He enjoyed plenty of playing time at each club and it’s understandable that he wanted another loan move due to the unlikelihood of him getting many minutes at Old Trafford.
Despite scoring a brilliant goal in a pre-season friendly against Brentford, he doesn’t appear to be in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans anymore, which may have come as a shock to him after making 40 first team appearances for United in the 2019-20 season.
Earlier in the month, Pereira talked of his desire to get more playing time elsewhere.
I’m ready to play, I’m not a boy anymore. I’m a man ready to take responsibility. I’m sure that with playing time and continuity as a starter in my position, I can show what I’ve done on base, I can score more goals and give assists. A player of my position needs the confidence to play and the freedom to be bold on the field.
I’ve always worked for the team. With him [Solskjaer] I’ve played everywhere on the field and I’ve always done my best. He’s known me for many years and knows very well where I can earn more. It’s up to him to give me the freedom to play in my position. I’m a liaison midfielder, a 10 shirt. I like having the ball in my foot, building the team and having the freedom to create. This is my place on the field.
Flamengo are currently fifth in the Brazilian Serie A with 15 games played but if they win their two games in hand they could move up to second, three points behind league leaders Atletico Mineiro.
Pereira has yet to win any silverware in his career, although did reach the final of the U-20 World Cup with Brazil, so will be as keen as any to play his part and lift a trophy in South America.
Speaking at his unveiling, he spoke of his desire to make his debut as soon as possible and help the club, and that his new club is the biggest in South America.
Of course, I’d like it very much. I will always be willing. I came to add to the team, win trophies and do my best. Flamengo is the biggest club in South America. Every foreigner and my club teammates say that if I were going to play in South America, it would be Flamengo. The affection in Europe is very big. For me, it’s normal to live in Brazil. My family is from here. And in football, the quality is of the highest level.