Hearts have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Joel Pereira and his Manchester United teammate David de Gea has backed him to do well in Gorgie.

The Portuguese stopper has arrived at Tynecastle on a season-long loan. With senior options in De Gea, Sergio Romero and Lee Grant all ahead of him in the pecking order, the 23-year-old has moved to Edinburgh for regular minutes.

De Gea has backed Pereira to shine at Hearts. (Photo by John Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Spanish international De Gea has sent the Portuguese goalkeeper a message following his switch.

Sending the message via his Twitter account, the United number one said: “Enjoy the experience and prove how good you are”.

Hearts’ new signing Pereira has the backing of De Gea

The Red Devils star will know what his Portuguese teammate is all about. They’ve trained together many times.

They know each other well. (Photo by Kieran Galvin/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

He seems to back Pereira to shine in Gorgie. There’s no denying that the 23-year-old has potential, but he hasn’t full showed that at any of his five loan clubs.

There’s potential for him to be United’s second choice at least. With a year left on his Red Devils deal, he has to show that he is capable of performing consistently at a high level.

Hearts should give him the chance to do that. He could make his debut as early as Friday night against Motherwell in the League Cup.

He may not have to wait long for a debut (PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

It’ll be reassuring for Hearts supporters though that arguably the world’s best goalkeeper believes their latest signing has the potential to be a star.

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