Marouane Fellaini is keeping Manchester United in limbo over his future, reports The Sun. The Belgian midfielder was coy when asked whether he would be returning to Old Trafford next season, replying: “You will know soon”. Jose Mourinho is desperate to keep the player in Manchester but Fellaini has rebuffed their contract offer and may not agree an extension.
The 30-year-old could depart the club in the coming weeks if the two parties cannot come to an agreement which would be a big blow to his manager. Mourinho wants Fellaini to stay, but he’s strengthened in midfield to ensure United don’t go into next season without improving the squad. Fred recently joined from Shakhtar and the Red Devils could sign another if Fellaini goes.
The Sun say Fellaini demanded wages of £125k-per-week which United had no desire to accept. The midfielder fell down the pecking order to the likes of Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay last season, making just five Premier League starts, so he’s not in a position to demand such lofty wages.
Many could question why Mourinho is so keen to keep Fellaini given he’s building a midfield that will soon make his abilities redundant, but it does appear the Belgian’s five years at Old Trafford will be coming to an end this summer.