Jose Mourinho revealed a simple message he told Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, with contract talks so far not progressing – “Sign the contract and shut up”.
The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer, and could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season if he can’t agree terms with United. The Sun suggested the Belgian international had turned down the deal put to him by the club, and Mourinho is losing patience with the lack of progression.
“I told him yesterday: ‘Sign the contract and shut up.'” I told him: ‘Don’t gamble too much. Sign the contract before you know the extent of the injury,'” the United boss said, reports the Mirror.
Fellaini has been ruled out for around two months after picking up a knee injury against Tottenham Hotspur, limiting his game time further after being on the periphery for most of the season.
The former Everton man, who joined the Red Devils in 2013, has made more than 140 appearances for United without ever convincing he belonged at Old Trafford. But Mourinho still feels he’s useful to have in the team, and is hoping he will put pen to paper.
Fellaini has made just three Premier League starts for United this season, finding himself behind Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba in the pecking order. He’s struggled with a knee injury throughout the campaign, and this latest setback threatens to cut his potentially final year short.