‘He’s too important’, Mourinho full of praise for midfielder and has no plans to sell him in January

Manchester United have not agreed to the winter sale of Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini, The Sun reports. The former Evertonian has just seven months left on his existing deal at Old Trafford.

The Daily Mirror recently claimed that Fellaini could be on his way to Besiktas with United having agreed on an £8m deal for his proposed move in the January transfer window. However, The Sun have counteracted the claim, and insist that the 29-year-old could stay put for the remainder of the campaign.

During the summer, Fellaini was strongly linked with a switch to Turkey with Galatasaray, but Jose Mourinho rubbished the speculation by suggesting the midfielder is ‘too important‘ to his first-team plans. Since then, the Belgian has justified the trust, contributing four goals in just eight appearances across all competitions.

Fellaini has become one of Mourinho’s favourite at Old Trafford this season, and the Portuguese tactician reserved special praise for the midfielder earlier this month after he made his injury comeback versus Chelsea following just one training session.

Manchester United have found no progress in negotiations with Fellaini of late, but it could be worth of risk to keep him for the final months of his contract – in order to better the club’s title prospects. Fellaini could make the starting lineup in Saturday’s league clash against Newcastle United at Old Trafford

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