Even though Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira was born in Belgium and has spent his whole career based at European clubs, we all know he has strong bonds with Brazil.
Since he has Brazilian parents, the 25-year-old not only speaks Portuguese, but also claims to be Brazilian, and has even played for the national team already.
Another thing which builds this connection is that he supports Santos. Pereira many times claimed he wants to play for the club in the future, and said this once again in an interview with TNT Sports this week.
“I think I’ve said this several times, I made it clear already. I’ve always said, I’m a Santos fan. When I finish here in Europe, my choice will always be Santos FC,” Andreas Pereira told TNT Sports.
“It doesn’t matter what it is or how it is. But for me in Brazil there’s only one team, it’s Santos, I already made that clear. This is a dream, to end my career at Santos. I’ve already spoken to the president, they’ve already spoken to me, they left me very calm.”
“So let’s see what will happen in the next few years. But I would very much like to end my career at Santos. But not only to finish, just to be able to play for Santos would be an immense pride.”
Long before Andreas Pereira fulfils his promise to join Santos, he must sort his current situation. Following his loan spell in Italy, he now waits for Lazio to take a decision on the buying option they have over him.
Also speaking to TNT Sports, the midfielder claimed he’d be happy to stay at the Serie A side, adding that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also wants to speak to him at the end of the season.