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Manchester United not giving up on Marouane Fellaini

by 15/11/2017 07:10:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Manchester United are hoping to tempt Marouane Fellaini to stay at Old Trafford
  • United activated the Belgian midfielder's 12-month contract option last year
  • Fellaini has refused a contract extension and can talk to foreign clubs in January
  • The 29-year-old midfielder could leave United as a free agent in the summer

By Chris Wheeler for MailOnline

Published: 07:01 EST, 15 November 2017 | Updated: 07:10 EST, 15 November 2017

Manchester United will not be panicked into selling Marouane Fellaini in January even though the Belgium midfielder has rejected a new contract at Old Trafford.

Fellaini, who turns 30 next week, only has seven-and-a-half months left on his current £120,000-a-week deal. He can talk to foreign clubs in January and will be able to leave United as a free agent in the summer.

However, it's understood that United have not given up hope of persuading him to sign a new contract and will use the remaining time to reach a compromise rather than accept a reduced fee for the former Everton midfielder in the next transfer window.

Manchester United hope to persuade Marouane Fellaini to remain at Old Trafford 
Manchester United hope to persuade Marouane Fellaini to remain at Old Trafford 

Manchester United hope to persuade Marouane Fellaini to remain at Old Trafford 

The club triggered the 12-month option on Fellaini's deal a year ago but he turned down their offer of new terms in September. His representatives are in a strong position because the player's stock has never been higher at United and he will soon be out of contract.

It represents a remarkable turnaround for a player who became a symbol of the failed David Moyes era after joining his old manager at United when he moved from Everton for £27.5million in 2013.

At his lowest point, Fellaini was even booed by some supporters who refused to accept him as a United player because of his size and playing style.

The Belgian has become a focal part of Jose Mourinho's team but rejected a contract extension

However, he re-established himself under Louis van Gaal and has taken his game to a new level under Jose Mourinho who has praised the player's strength of character.

'I always trusted Marouane since day one and try to give him confidence and show him how useful he is for the team,' said Mourinho recently.

'I think only a strong character could resist the difficulties here. He had some difficult times when people didn't recognise his qualities, when other managers didn't like so much the qualities he has.

'He is a fighter, a guy with lots of pride and I am really pleased I helped him reach this level and change the perception the fans have now.' 

Fellaini has less than eight months left on his contract and could leave in January
Fellaini has less than eight months left on his contract and could leave in January

Fellaini has less than eight months left on his contract and could leave in January

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