Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly concerned over the contract situation of midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgium international has just eight months left on his current United deal, and he will be free to speak to clubs overseas in the New Year.
In a report covered by Sky Sports, Mourinho revealed that he is more ‘worried’ about the future of Fellaini than Luke Shaw, who had his contract renewed for a further year, he said: “I’m worried about Fellaini and not about Luke Shaw because Fellaini finishes his contract and Luke Shaw doesn’t.”
United triggered a one-year extension in Fellaini’s contract earlier in January, and he has since proved his worth, contributing valuable goals to the club’s cause. The enforcer became a regular upon Paul Pogba’s hamstring in mid-September, and he followed to put in a string of top-notch performances – before sustaining a knee injury of his own – on international duty earlier this month.
Like Ashley Young, Fellaini has been rejuvenated in Mourinho’s second season in charge, and United are looking to resolve the Belgian’s future prior to the New Year, where he could potentially reach a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club.
Fellaini is unlikely to return to first-team action for Manchester United until after the international break as he continues to recover from a knee sprain sustained during Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia & Herzegovina.