Mourinho Favorite Refusing To Accept New Contract Offer

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates.

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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini is yet to accept a new contract offer, as he is holding out for a better deal from the Red Devils.

The Belgian joined United from Everton in the summer of 2013, and after enduring three forgettable campaigns with the club, he progressed really well under Jose Mourinho in the 2016-17 season. Unlike other managers, the Portuguese tactician gave Fellaini more playing time, and he made 44 appearances for the Reds last term.

Manchester United already have a great bunch of midfielders, and after they pulled off the deal to sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea, it seemed likely that the English giants would offload Fellaini, who was strongly linked with a move to Galatasaray.

There was strong speculations that Fellaini could sign for the Turkish giants in the final proceedings of the summer transfer window, but the move failed to go through, as Mourinho wasn’t very keen on selling the midfielder. Despite not being a fan favourite, it is understood that Jose sees Fellaini as an integral player, who could bail the team out when they are in trouble.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini after being sent off with manager Jose Mourinho and fourth official Neil Swarbrick.

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The contract talks between the midfielder and the club have been ongoing, and the latest reports in Daily Mail claims that the Red Devils have offered Fellaini a new one-year deal, but he continues to hold out for a better offer with a longer deal.

However, United are one of the clubs that are known to be cautious about offering lengthy extensions to players over the age of 30.

Having said that, it would not be a huge surprise if Mourinho offers Fellaini a better contract, as the former Porto manager has always spoken highly on the Anderlecht academy graduate.

Owing to Paul Pogba’s hamstring injury, Fellaini made his first United start in the 2016-17 campaign against his former club Everton on Sunday, and it is likely that Mourinho will continue with the 30-year-old until Pogba returns from injury.

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Written by Pragadeesh Shanmugam  

United fan since Edwin Van der Sar denied Nicolas Anelka’s penalty to earn a dramatic Euro glory. Firmly believes that Lionel Messi deserves to win the Ballon d’Or until he plays this sport. One time writer for GiveMeSport and Roar. A regular contributor to Sportskeeda and BlameFootball.

 

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