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Flamengo coach Dorival Junior makes clear his feelings on Man Utd midfielder Pereira

Flamengo manager Dorival Junior has declared he wants to keep hold of Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira.

Fla and United have failed to find an agreement over a fee for Pereira, who joined the Brazilian giants last August on-loan.

Fla have the option to turn Pereira's loan spell into a permanent deal at £8.9million (€10.5m), but the club, according to various reports, is not expected to exercise that option. It means that the 26-year-old, who is out of contract at Old Trafford next summer, will return to M16 ahead of the start of the new season.

"It's just an opinion. I hope he stays," said Dorival. "Players of this level, players with this potential, are few in Brazil. I have no doubt that this boy can still grow a lot, he can evolve a lot.

"How will it happen? I don't know, but it would be really nice if we could hold onto this kid because he has a lot of qualities. He is a player that draws attention in any way. He has growth potential, players of that level are scarce at the moment within this country."

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