Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose Still Loves Me

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jose Still Loves Me

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ANDREAS Pereira insists Jose Mourinho's recent criticism 'did not hurt' and the Brazilian wants to remain at Valencia for the rest of the season.

The 21-year-old United midfielder seemed set to stay after the English transfer window closed, but the Spanish window was open for 24 hours longer and Pereira was eventually allowed to join Valencia the following day.

Mourinho criticised Pereira's decision to return to La Liga, having spent last season on loan at relegated Granada, and said it proved the midfielder was not ready to fight for a place in the United first-team.

Pereira made his Valencia debut in the goalless draw with Atletico Madrid at the weekend and is not concerned by Mourinho's comments.

"It did not hurt," Pereira told Marca. "I talked to him before coming here. On the one hand I'm happy because he loves me and if he didn't think I was a good player he would not have wanted me to stay. So I think on the bright side.

"If I thought negative it might hurt, but for me it's a good thing. I talked to him before coming here and I want to work hard and stay all year. …

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