By Noel Whelan

9th Aug, 2021 | 6:00pm

Pereira's West Brom exit 'purely about money' as new wage details emerge - Whelan

Matheus Pereira’s move from West Brom to Al-Hilal in Saudia Arabia is “purely about money” and will be detrimental to his career.

So says ex-Premier League forward Noel Whelan, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after the Baggies confirmed Pereira’s exit on 6th August.

In a statement posted on Twitter four days earlier, Pereira said he had received an offer that will “change [his] life and [his] family’s life forever.”

As per the Athletic on 5th August, Pereira has signed a three-year deal with Al-Hilal worth £4million per year.

And Whelan claimed that Pereira is sacrificing his career in favour of an admittedly eye-watering pay packet.

He told Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge: “I think he has come out and said that, financially, that’s the best move he could get.

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“He’ll never have to worry about money again. From a football side of things, you’re taking yourself out of the spotlight, but you’re gaining financially.

“It isn’t a league that is watched throughout the league. They want some superstars in the side and people go there for the payday.

“They will pay a ridiculous amount of money for them. But you’re certainly not showcasing yourself as you would do in Europe or the Premier League.

“It is certainly not a move that, in my opinion, you want to make for the good of your career.

“If you’re looking to hit the heights and win things, you’re taking yourself off the map. It’s purely about money.

In other news, finance expert says West Brom shareholders will want answers amid “very messy” £5m reveal.