Marouane Fellaini extends his Manchester United contract.

Source: The Guardian

Manchester United’s transfer business has calmed down over the past few weeks. Having signed Fred and Dalot, Mourinho is on course to have a big transfer window ahead of him. He has instructed the club that he wants the business to get done before the squad fly out to the United States for their pre-season ahead of the commencement of the Premier League in August. United have completed one more bit of business and is a rather controversial one. Marouane Fellaini has extended his contract with the club for two more years and with an option to extend for a further year, hence keeping himself at the club until 2020.

Fellaini is currently at the World Cup with high flying Belgium who have qualified for the round of 16. The midfielder’s contract was to expire at the end of June which would have enabled him to sign for a new club as a free agent. Mourinho was reluctant in keeping the player but the deal was held up due to the two parties not finalising on few financial details which now seem sorted.

Fellaini stated "I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead."

Jose has been a huge fan of the player and has supported and protected him from his harshest critics and the media. Fellaini may not be a fan favourite but has been a favourite of the manager for his loyalty, intelligence and professionalism, which the manager has stated for quite some time now. Mourinho happily stated, "I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract."

Fellaini 30, has made 156 appearances for the club scoring 20 goals in the process. The news of Fellaini signing the deal hasn’t gone down well with the supporters who are distort and were keen that the Belgian was destined to leave the club and chase first team football somewhere else with host of Turkish and Chinese clubs interested in his signature. It is no doubt that Fellaini will get a starting spot next season for a number of reasons. He is 30 and is not good on the ball. His physical power is commendable but he is not technical and fast for the Premier League. Although he is a central defensive midfielder, he gives away too many fouls and is only good in the air which is not good enough for a player in this day and age.

Mourinho expressed his desire to sign at least two midfielder and has already accomplished with signing one which is Fred. United signed the Brazilian for 52 million and is said to be a much-needed signing due to the players great technical and attacking ability which the team lacked last season. Carrick retired from football and joined Jose’s backroom staff. With most thinking Fellaini would leave, there was an opening for one more midfielder with it now being less likely. United are still in the race for Milinkovic-Savic and Toni Kroos.

Source: The Sun

Fellaini will not be starting the matches with Mourinho hoping to start Fred alongside Pogba and Matic but, he will definitely heat up the competition even though his main role will be that of an impact player. United will have Matic, Pogba, Fred, Herrera, McTominay and Lingard who has discovered his ability to play as a number 8 for England. Andreas Pereira is also hoping to return to his parent club after an impressive loan spell. Andreas will be a crucial player for United should he get opportunities due to his attacking capability and technical game play. McTominay had a great season with United last year and will be looking to impress the boss and fight for the starting role, after all, he is the Manager’s Player of The Year! Although Fellaini will just be an impact player, he has drastically impacted the young midfielders who are waiting on the wings to get a chance. A new signing is less expected, we shouldn’t rule it completely out but it is looking less likely.

It would have been a wise move for both the parties if Fellaini left the club in search for regular football which is confirmed that he will not get at United for the next three years.

Fellaini is currently with Belgium in the World Cup and has scored one goal in the competition so far. United’s pre-season starts on July 14. Belgium play their next game against Japan in the round of 16 on 2nd July.   


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