Almost all of the talk surrounding Marouane Fellaini’s future has suggested that the Manchester United player will be plying his trade away from Old Trafford next season. The former Everton midfielder has interest from AC Milan and Arsenal to consider whilst he is away on international duty with Belgium prior to this summer’s World Cup, but the Manchester Evening News are suggesting that Jose Mourinho hasn’t completely given up hope of retaining Fellaini’s services.
The report advises that United’s offer of a new contract still remains and the door is open for the 30 year old to extend his 5-year stay at the club, and that’s even with Fellaini’s quite public desire to leave.
Mourinho made it clear that he wishes to keep Fellaini in his squad after the player scored a stoppage time winner against Arsenal in April, stating: “The position is that we are almost there but in football almost is not enough. I want to see the white paper with the United crest and Ed Woodward’s signature and Marouane’s signature.”
From the perspective of the majority of the club’ fans, this is a remarkable situation for Fellaini to find himself in. For the benefits and physical presence that the player has brought to the club over this half-decade, his lack of quality has frequently provided United supporters with a headache, especially in a team that has been crying out for creativity and less of a reliance on Mourinho’s long-ball Plan B. The player has scored several important goals for the club, admittedly, and the Portuguese is known to be an admirer of his attitude and application, but surely even the United manager must admit that Fellaini is below the standard of quality and ability required for a regular starter at a club with ambitions of challenging for the game’s top honours.