Manchester United have formally made an announcement regarding Marouane Fellaini’s contract extension. The Belgium international was heavily tipped to head through the exit door during the opening weeks of June but in a surprise turn of events, United have convinced him to stay until the summer of 2020 at the least.
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve,” Fellaini is quoted as saying on United’s official website.
United have had the policy of only handing rolling one-year contracts to players above the age of 30 but with Fellaini, there appears to have been an exception with Mourinho said to have played a key role in convincing the board.
Nevertheless, the reaction from the supporters has been heavily negative against the extension knowing that the Belgian’s stay should truly end the club’s pursuit of another midfielder.
Presently, United have Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Fred, Ander Herrera as the senior midfield options in addition to Fellaini and another midfield recruit may not arrive unless there is a potential exit.
Herrera has been linked with a possible return to Athletic Bilbao over the past few weeks but there has been nothing concrete to suggest that the Spaniard will leave Old Trafford this summer.
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