Manchester United is a hard team to leave behind. Fan support and enormity aside, the side is rarely a dull place in which to develop talent and nurture oneself to carve out an important spot in footballing history, as countless other Red Devils have done prior.
Despite that, one player, in particular, seems adamant to kiss his days with the Premier League giants a fond goodbye and is all but set to leave the club.
However, the efforts of Jose Mourinho might just tip the scales elsewhere.
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As per a report in The Sun, Mourinho is believed to have held crisis-talks with Marouane Fellaini in an effort to make him sign an extension with United.
The Belgian international is in his final year of contract, making him eligible to commence talks with other clubs in January itself, which is a matter of days away.
The same source cited an Old Trafford figure to have stated: “The boss promised to speak with the board on his behalf and asked if it is now just a matter of cash. Jose told him that he will continue to get plenty of playing opportunities under him at United.”
Further, the new contract is believed to offer the 30-year-old midfielder a £130,000-a-week package for the duration of two years with an option to extend for a further season.
The source continued: “He may have already made up his mind but Jose is convinced he can still get him to change it and stay here.”
Fans who have changed their opinion of Fellaini from the poster boy of David Moyes’ failure to the figure of offensive prominence in recent weeks will be hoping for the latter. As a result, few will be happy to see the big man leave the Mancunian outfit come July.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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