Manchester United have reportedly rewarded goalkeeper Joel Pereira with a new contract to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2021. The Portugal Under-21 international has the option of an additional year in his deal, should he impress during the length of his extension.
Pereira is regarded as one of the highly-rated prospects from the United academy, and he made his first-team debut in the second half of last season when he came on an 80th-minute substitute for Sergio Romero in the 4-0 FA Cup thumping of Wigan Athletic.
He, later on, made his Premier League debut in the final game of the season where a young United side surprised Crystal Palace with a hard-fought 2-0 victory at Old Trafford.
David de Gea has literally owned the number one role over the past six seasons, but the Red Devils are preparing for the future with Pereira considered highly by manager Jose Mourinho.
Speaking on the club’s official website, Mourinho suggested that Pereira could become one of the best players in his country’s generation, should he keep up his progress in the coming years.
“I know I have said this before but I really do believe, if he continues his development and continues to work hard, he really can become the best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation,” he said.
Pereira was restricted to just two appearances in the United shirt last term, but he is expected to remain with the first-team with Sam Johnstone set to rejoin Aston Villa on a season-long loan.