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Man United's Andreas Pereira: Jose Mourinho comments 'didn't hurt me'

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ESPN's Manchester United correspondent Rob Dawson brings you all of the latest news from Jose Mourinho's press conference.

Andreas Pereira insists Jose Mourinho's disappointment at his decision to leave Manchester United for Valencia is a good thing.

Mourinho questioned Pereira's desire to fight for a place at Old Trafford after the midfielder decided to leave on loan, but the 21-year-old says he has been buoyed by the United manager's comments rather than hurt by the criticism.

He told Marca: "It didn't hurt me. I spoke to him before I came here. I'm happy that he wants me and I think to myself that if I wasn't a good player he wouldn't have wanted me to stay.

"I look at the positives. If I thought negatively those comments could have hurt me but for me it's something good. I spoke to him before I came and I wanted to work hard and stay the whole year. I'm focused on Valencia.

"I want to give my all and do the best I can in order to be at Valencia the whole year. I was told that I was going to play here a year and I want to remain here a year."

Andreas Pereira said he expected to get more first-team opportunities at Valencia.

Pereira signed a contract extension at United before signing a season-long loan deal with Valencia.

The Brazil youth international said he decided to move after finding himself on the fringes of Mourinho's squad despite an impressive preseason.

Pereira added: "It was difficult because they wanted me to stay in Manchester but for me personally and regarding the options I had of playing, it was better to come here.

"That is why it was better to come to Valencia, play and help because in Manchester I had few opportunities.

"I knew that Valencia was a good option and of course, I knew that United didn't want to let me go but I was anxious to arrive. I'm also happy because I know that Manchester [United] want me."

ESPN FC's Spain correspondent, Adriana Garcia, contributed to this report.

Rob is ESPN FC's Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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