The Man Utd fans in the Transfer Tavern have been very impressed with Marouane Fellaini this season. The Belgian, though not typically a very popular figure in the pub, has enjoyed a resurgence under Jose Mourinho – having capitalised on the absence of Paul Pogba over the last few months. He’s clearly the sort of player that Mourinho loves to have, and he’s really taken advantage of that this season.
There is a major concern with the Belgian, though, surrounding his future. His current contract expires next summer, and with no agreement over an extension in place, the midfielder is at present on course to leave the club. However, fortunately for the Red Devils, there is some good news. According to the Telegraph, Man Utd are ‘hopeful’ that the Belgian could yet extend his deal at the club, with negotiations likely to continue going forward. Though an initial offer is said to have been rejected, this tale is far from over.
It would definitely make sense for Fellaini to stay at the club next season, with the Belgian’s power and ability in the middle of the park really coming to light under Jose Mourinho. The perfect player to come in when you need to grind out a result, he’s taken on a reliable hand type role in the Man Utd squad – with Mourinho often turning to him in any time of need.
He’s unlikely to be a regular at Man Utd long-term, and so it remains to be seen just how receptive he will be to agreeing fresh terms, but it seems clear that as long as Mourinho is in charge, he will have a role at Old Trafford if he wants it.
Wherever his future lies, it makes sense for Man Utd to tie him down. If they want to sell him in a year or 18 months, then that’s fine, but it wouldn’t make sense for him to be let go on a free.
More importantly, though, he has really shown his class this season, and he’s the perfect player to be within Mourinho’s squad. Woodward will be under pressure from Mourinho to get this deal done.
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