Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has highlighted that Marouane Fellaini is close to extending his contract in the aftermath of the club’s 2-1 Premier League win over Arsenal on Sunday.
The Belgium international has been on periphery of the first-team this campaign and recent reports suggested that he could leave the club on a free transfer when his contract expires in the summer.
However, following Fellaini’s match-winning goal against the Gunners, Mourinho said that talks are at an advanced stage over an extension with the midfielder seemingly close to inking a fresh contract.
“We are almost there but I can’t celebrate because almost is not enough. I want to see the white paper with the United crest and [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward and Marouane Fellaini’s signatures,” he told BBC Sport.
Fellaini has not been a favourite among the vast majority of the United supporters but the Belgian has proved effective with the long-ball strategy which came to the club’s rescue against a much-weakened Arsenal side.
The Belgian is unlikely to command a regular starting role in the future but he has the qualities to become a useful squad player from the bench – with his strong heading capabilities often proving a threat to the opposition in the box.