Manchester United boss holds contract talks with £80,000-a-week midfielder

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly held a personal meeting with Marouane Fellaini in order to convince him to remain at Old Trafford. The Belgium international has just eight months left on his contract, and he is free to discuss a pre-contract with an overseas club in January.

According to Metro, Mourinho has taken it to himself to persuade Fellaini to sign a fresh contract beyond next summer. The 29-year-old has been in sparkling form since the start of the season, and the gaffer is said to spoke about his importance to his United squad.

Fellaini had begun the 2017/18 season as a regular from the substitutes’ bench but a hamstring injury to Paul Pogba in September allowed the Belgian to excel at the heart of the midfield. Fellaini notched three goals and an assist during the month before he sustained a knee injury of his own on international duty.

The Belgian was sorely missed during the month of October, but he almost made an impact in the 1-0 defeat to Chelsea last weekend, where his shot on goal was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

Fellaini is presently on a weekly wage package of around £80,000-a-week, and he is said to be eyeing a significant increase in order to commit his future to United. Should this not be the case, United are likely to demand a fee of around £18m for Fellaini’s sale in the New Year.

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