Manchester head coach Jose Mourinho has spoken about Marouane Fellaini’s contract situation prior to Saturday’s Premier League game against Brighton & Hove Albion. The Belgium international has just over seven months left on his existing deal, and he will be free to discuss a pre-contract with a foreign outfit in the New Year.
The Portuguese tactician has indicated the importance of Fellaini since the start of the season, and prior to the Brighton game, the 54-year-old admitted that he would like the Belgian to stay put, although he has no part to play in the ongoing contractual discussions with the board.
“It’s a discussion between the player and the board. I’m not involved in contracts, in deals,” he is quoted as saying on United’s official website. “I respect both – the player because the player has the right to decide his future. He finishes his contract, he has the right to decide his future, and I respect the board because the decisions and the discussions are under their control. So I just wait, wishing that they will have an understanding but it’s out of my control.”
Fellaini’s position at Old Trafford looked bleak prior to the start of the season, but the Belgium has found a renewed vigour in his game, starting from an impressive display in the 2-1 European Super Cup defeat to Real Madrid.
The former Everton ace has since featured in 10 matches for United across all competitions, where has contributed four goals including match-winning performances against FC Basel and Crystal Palace during the month of September.