League One Rochdale have completed the loan signing of Manchester United goalkeeper Joel Castro Pereira for the second time this season. He has penned a short-term deal until January 3 2016.
The 19-year-old is an Under-21 international with Portugal, and re-joins the Spotland club after previously enjoying a month-loan earlier this season. During that time he played in one cup tie, saving a penalty in a penalty shoot-out defeat against Morecambe.
The official Rochdale website confirms that he will wear the number 44 shirt once again during his time with the club. When he signed for the first time in October, manager Keith Hill described the keeper as ‘flamboyant’ and ‘absolutely magnificent.’
Pereira will now contest for the number one shirt alongside the experienced Josh Lillis. Other goalkeepers on the books with Dale include youngster Jonathan Musangu and the experienced Steve Collis, who is also the goalkeeper coach with the club.
The keeper, who has dual Swiss and Portuguese nationality, made the move to Old Trafford in the summer of 2012 after impressing during a trial with the youth team. He has appeared in the UEFA Youth League and also the Milk Cup during his time in Manchester. Alan Fettis, his goalkeeper coach in the Man Utd academy, believes he has the potential to become a ‘top goalkeeper’ and is ‘progressing well.’