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Mourinho describes Pereira as 'future great' after penning new Man Utd deal

Jose Mourinho has described midfielder Andreas Pereira as a "future great" of Manchester United after the Brazilian inked a one-year contract extension.

Pereira has signed a new deal through to the end of the 2018-19 season despite being sent out on loan to Valencia on Friday.

The 21-year-old will spend his second straight season in LaLiga after impressing at relegated Granada last term.

However, Mourinho expects the Brazil youth international to make Old Trafford his long-term home.

"Andreas is already a very good footballer. He is a young player with great natural ability and a good attitude towards continuing his development," Mourinho said.

"I have no doubt that he has the potential to be one of the future great players of this club."

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Pereira made his Premier League debut against Tottenham in March 2015 and has gone on to make 13 senior appearances, scoring once.

"The manager is building a great team here and I want to be part of that as soon as possible," Pereira said.

"I am going to continue my development at Valencia this season in the hope that I will get plenty of minutes on the pitch."