Manchester United have triggered an option in Andreas Pereira’s contract to keep him until 2020, BBC Sport report.
This is in the short term, excellent news. Pereira’s deal was set to expire this summer and United risked losing him for free.
The timing is no coincidence. Pereira has stepped up his game over the past month.
He was one of United’s heroes in Paris, and interest in him would be sky high if his contract ran down.
What United need to decide next, is whether to offer Pereira a longer term deal. Next year, there will be no option to roll the contract over for another year.
Pereira has responded well to the challenge in front of him and has shown he is an asset to Manchester United.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is getting the best out of Pereira, shown by his spectacular long range goal against Southampton at Old Trafford.
United should want to lock him down for years to come, and offer him a long term extension.
Make him earn it?
These negotiations may be happening, but if not yet, we must look at possible reasons why.
Midfield is an area United are likely to invest in the summer, making Pereira’s task tougher.
Will his performances maintain or improve between now and the end of the season, or take a step back?
This has been an excellent month for Pereira, but if he can’t back it up, and is only a stand-in next season, United might be glad they did not commit to him long term.
Pereira has done well to earn this extension and it’s excellent that we are not losing him for now.
He needs to kick on further to really hammer home that he deserves a long term deal.