Manchester United are reportedly confident of extending the stay of in-form Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The 29-year-old has been a revelation under Jose Mourinho this term, producing a string of top-notch performances in the Red Devils shirt.
According to The Mirror, the midfield enforcer is still in negotiations over a fresh contract, but United are expecting him to commit his future on a fresh two-year deal. The club’s hierarchy hold a policy offering one-year rolling contracts to players approaching the age of 30, but it appears that they have relaxed the rule for the Belgian footballer.
Fellaini, who is on a £80,000-a-week package, could earn a significant raise on his salary following a string of impressive performances after being preferred ahead of last season’s United Player of the Year, Ander Herrera.
The former Evertonian has already contributed four goals and an assist for United during the ongoing campaign, and he produced his best performance against Crystal Palace last weekend, where he was adjudged the man of the match for two headed goals.
Jose Mourinho has yet to reveal a return date for the injured Paul Pogba, and this probably suits Fellaini, who has not gone an extended run in the starting lineup since his early days with United. Fellaini will be free to speak to foreign suitors in the New Year, but Manchester United remain confident that an extension will be struck in advance.