By Dave Marshall
Manchester United have extended the contract of 21-year-old Portuguese shotstopper, Joel Pereira in a bid to ward off interest from Benfica and some other Portuguese clubs. The player, who only made his Manchester United debut back in January, is highly rated at Old Trafford, who see him as a long-term alternative to current No. 1, David de Gea if the Spanish goalkeeper decides to leave the club. Pereira has signed a new four-year contract with the 20-time English champions, with the option of a further year.
Mourinho has described him as having the potential to be probably the best goalkeeper of his generation. Pereira was all smiles as he extended his current deal with the Old Trafford outfit, and was very happy as he recounted his happiness at inking a new deal.
Speaking to Manchester United’s official website, Pereira said: “Over the last season I feel I have made great progress as a goalkeeper and this will stand me in good stead for continuing my development as a Manchester United player.
“There have been many memorable moments for me at this club – however, making my debut for the first team at Old Trafford was unbelievable for me and my family.”
He signed as a 16-year-old back in 2012, and is expected to be a regular fixture in the first team in the nearest future. He is wanted by Benfica and Porto but could be loaned out to a Championship club, as Jose Mourinho wants him to get more games under his belt and develop as a good goalkeeper.