‘I want him to stay’, Jose Mourinho delivers update on midfielder’s contract status

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has clarified that he has no knowledge on the contractual negotiations between Marouane Fellaini and the club’s hierarchy.

The Belgium international knocked back an approach from the Red Devils back in September 2017, and he has since been playing hardball over discussions despite his contract expiring in the summer.

Speaking in the lead-up to the Crystal Palace, Mourinho reiterated that he does not know whether Fellaini would stay put at Old Trafford beyond the current campaign.

He  said: “Is he going to stay or leave I don’t know. I want him to stay, the club want him to stay, the process, negotiations, numbers, distances between the offer and what he wants, I really don’t know.”

Despite Mourinho’s public plea on a couple of occasions, Fellaini appears to have had his head turned by a lucrative offer elsewhere, and the club’s hierarchy should perhaps concentrate on a potential replacement instead.

The 30-year-old has attracted interest from a number of Turkish clubs, most notably Besiktas and Galatasaray of late, and a recent report from Corriere dello Sport has suggested that he is close to reaching a pre-contract agreement with AS Roma.

Mourinho has already confirmed that he would place his emphasis on bolstering the midfield during the summer, and there may be interesting times ahead with the likes of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Jorginho and even Toni Kroos linked.

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