Joel Pereira.

Joel Pereira moves to Belgium on loan

Thursday 31 January 2019 19:00

Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Pereira has completed a loan move to Belgian top-flight outfit KV Kortrijk for the rest of the 2018/19 season.

The 22-year-old spent the first half of the season on loan in his native Portugal at Vitoria Setubal, where he made 16 appearances in all competitions before United activated the recall clause in the agreement earlier this month.

His switch to Belgium is Pereira’s fourth temporary spell away from the Reds in total, after also spending time out on loan at Rochdale in League One and Portuguese side Belenenses.

Joel impressed in training upon his return to the club from Portugal earlier this month.

Our no.40, who joined United in 2012 after a successful trial period with the club’s Academy, made his first-team debut as a substitute in a 4-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic in January 2017.

He has since made two further senior appearances for the Reds - against Crystal Palace and Burton Albion.

The talented Portugal Under-21 international was heavily involved throughout Tour 2018 and was particularly instrumental in the International Champions Cup penalty shoot-out triumph over AC Milan.

KV Kortrijk currently sit 10th in the Belgian First Division and the deal with them runs until 30 June, 2019. 

Everyone at United wishes Joel well during his time in Belgium.

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