Marouane Fellaini has refused to confirm which club he’ll be playing at after this World Cup, with his Manchester United deal set to expire imminently. His current contract runs out this weekend, leaving the Belgian a free agent and the former Everton man has garnered interest from Arsenal and AC Milan, amongst others. When questioned about his future, Fellaini, who is currently on World Cup duty with Roberto Martinez’s side, offered the following (via The Mirror): “You will know soon.”
If United fans were hoping for a more assertive statement or confirmation from Fellaini as to whether the club’s currently number 27 would be staying at Old Trafford, then they were left wanting as the player continued to drag out this transfer saga once again. The root of the player’s unhappiness appears to be the length of time that it took United to offer him a new deal, and with the 30-year old now approaching the last big contract of his career, he’s clearly keen to extract the most amount of money that he can from whichever club he plays for. Yet United have appeared reluctant to offer the £125,000 per-week wages that Fellaini has reportedly asked for, which has led to the current impasse and likelihood of United losing a player that they paid £27.5m for five years ago for nothing.
Not that most of the club’s fanbase would be too concerned at that eventuality, of course. Despite being at Old Trafford for half a decade, and impressing each of the club’s last three managers with his effort and commitment, Fellaini has failed to find a home in the hearts of the club’s supporters. Indeed, this could play on his mind as the Belgian international tried to decide which club to call home next, with the jeers directed at him by sections of the Old Trafford crowd in late 2016 potentially still a source of upset.