Manchester United have secured the future of promising young goalkeeper Joel Pereira after agreeing a new four-year deal, according to O Jogo.
The Portuguese sports newspaper claim on their website that Jose Mourinho’s side have made to move to tie him down to the club after Porto and Sporting both showed interest in his signing.
With just a year left on the 21-year-old’s contract, he could have left for a free next season, while clubs may have forced the Reds’ hand by offering a cut price deal this summer.
However, the highly rated youngster, who Mourinho called the “best Portuguese goalkeeper of the next generation”, has committed his future to United, and in doing so his manager will hope that it wards off the European sides’ interest.
A 4-time-capped Portugal U21 international, Pereira spent the first half of the season on loan to Portuguese club Belenenses, where he made 10 appearances, conceding nine goals and keeping four clean sheets.
He has made two senior appearances for Manchester United, keeping a clean sheet in both their Premier League clash with Crystal Palace and their convincing 4-0 win over Wigan in the FA Cup.
However, he will continue to find himself down the pecking order behind Spanish stopper David de Gea and Argentine keeper Sergio Romero, who together have a combined 108 senior international appearances under their belts.