Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira spent last season on loan at Valencia, and the 22-year-old is now aiming to break into the Manchester United first team.
One surprising thing about Pereira is that he has opted to have the name ‘Andreas’ on the back of his shirt instead of his surname Pereira.
The Brazil international has now revealed that he wants to be known for himself and not for his father Marcos Pereira who was also a footballer.
Marcos Pereira, now 43, had a distinguished career in Belgium with clubs such as Sint-Truidense, Royal Antwerp and Lommel United, and Andreas Pereira is hoping to create his own name.
“It’s because a lot of players have Pereira,” he told MUTV.
“My dad used to play with Pereira on the back and I wanted to change because, in Belgium, everyone knows I’m the son of my dad. The son of Pereira. I wanted to change that and start my own way and be Andreas on my own and be known as Andreas.”
Andreas Pereira is eligible to play for Brazil and Belgium, but he has the pledged his future to Brazil and has already played for the Brazil national team.
Andreas Pereira who can speak many languages was known as Andy coming through the ranks at the club, and his teammates still call him Andy.
He said: “They call me Andy or Andreas,” he confirmed. “So I respond to every name. So I can speak with everyone at the club. It’s good because I can understand everything!”