Marouane Fellaini's future at Man United in serious doubt

Lynette Rowe
November 16, 2017

Fellaini, who turns 30 next week, was offered a new contract in September but rejected the deal.

United are unlikely to go back in for him mid-season, but they do have their eyes on as different type of creative player.

Manchester United and Marouane Fellaini are still negotiating a new contract.

Marouane Fellaini will not be sold in January even if that means Manchester United lose the midfielder on a free transfer in the summer, sources have told ESPN FC.

As of 1st January, Fellaini will have less than six months remaining on his current contract, allowing him to formally negotiate with foreign clubs with a view to signing a pre-contract agreement that would seem him secure a free transfer in advance for 1st July.

United have no intention of selling in the winter window leaving Fellaini with the choice of signing a fresh deal now or running down his contact and leaving for nothing at the end of the season.

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According to the same story, Mourinho wants Manchester United to sign two new wingers, one centre-half and one midfielder to improve his Red Devils squad.

But Moyes' successors Louis Van Gaal and Mourinho both valued him for his aerial power and ability to unsettle defences, often sending him on as a substitute to change the course of a game.

Fellaini though is rarely a starter when Mourinho can name his first-choice line-up - he has begun a match only three times this season.

Pogba is now closing in on a return and could feature against Newcastle on Saturday, which will limit Fellaini's chances still more.

He scored in the Europa League semi-final victory over Celta Vigo and also started in the 2-0 win over Ajax in the final.

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