According to English media outlet The Sun, Marouane Fellaini is set to be handed a new improved contract if he can prove his worth in the course of this season to manager José Mourinho.
Fellaini was signed by Manchester United in 2013, on deadline day of the summer transfer window. A £27.5m fee was paid to reunite him with his former boss David Moyes.
Fellaini endured a tough start to his Manchester United career, and never really caught up.
He enjoyed limited success under former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal, especially in the latter part of the first season under the Dutchman.
And after Louis Van Gaal’s departure, uncertainty loomed over his future, with the fans wanting the player to be sold.
But surprisingly, Fellaini has found himself to be an important part of José Mourinho’s squad. He has started both the Premier League games for the club so far.
According to Mourinho, a simple phone call reinstated the midfielder’s confidence.
Jose revealed: “[He was] a player that was feeling not loved. A player that when the season and the market opened, everybody was saying he was leaving and was not a player for me.”
“But maybe a simple phone call the day after my presentation as Manchester United manager changed a lot because I told him ‘forget everything you read, for me you don’t leave, for sure’.”
Mourinho’s advice seems to have worked, as the the big Belgian looks like an entirely different player this season. This change has been welcomed by the fans.
Fellaini currently has two-years left on his current £110,000-a-week deal, and is well liked by Mourinho. A new deal could be offered to him sometime around Christmas, suggests the report.