Andreas Pereira has admitted that regular game time is the key reason for him choosing to move away from Manchester United this summer. The Brazilian midfielder joined La Liga side Granada on a season-long loan and has become a regular member of the starting XI with the Spanish club.
The midfielder has played nine out of the 10 games in the La Liga thus far this campaign and admitted that he is enjoying his time in Spain. Pereira highlighted the changes from his training routine with United in England revealing that the La Liga pays for attention to strengthening the technical side of the game and focuses less on the physical side, which is one of the key ingredients to succeed in English football.
The Brazil U23 international has made it clear that he sees his long-term future at Old Trafford and is hoping that playing regularly at a high level will give him a better chance of breaking into the first-team under Jose Mourinho, who has also been touch with the midfielder.
"I came to Spain to play and get more time on the pitch," Pereira told the Manchester Evening News.
"I'm enjoying it. Granada is a beautiful city and I've visited the Alhambra Palace. The food is good, I like the paella. It's good to play around Spain too. Playing in the Camp Nou was a great experience.
"The football is more physical in England. Here, they play a bit slower and it's more technical so it's different and difficult to play here too. The training here is hard, with more emphasis on the tactical and skills side than the physical side," he explained.
"My plan is to get more experience here, to get into that rhythm of playing every week at a high level, then go back stronger to United, with a better football knowledge. With each game I feel that I'm getting better and better. I think I have a good future at United and the people at the club give me confidence that that is the case too.
"He [Mourinho] sent me a message a couple of weeks ago asking how everything was going. You appreciate that when you're away on loan," the Brazilian midfielder added.