While it is the looming exit of Anthony Martial that has been dominating the headlines over the last few weeks, he wasn’t the first player to have been linked to an ousting from Manchester United.
That spot can arguably go to Marouane Fellaini, who had escaped continued speculation solely due to his injury and subsequent recovery that had him absent from further action.
That might have led one or two fans to believe that he might have changed his mind, and will renew his contract. Unfortunately for them, reports have emerged that the Belgian has rejected almost two more attempts by the club to keep him at Old Trafford beyond this summer.
As per Daily Mail, the 30-year-old midfielder simply doesn’t feel accepted by the United fans and the hierarchy, and supposedly never did.
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The report adds: “Friends of the 30-year-old say he believes he has one final payday in his career and feels that he has never been accepted by the United board or the club’s supporters.”
This might be understood, as during his early days, Fellaini was the poster-boy for the embarrassing debacle that was the David Moyes era, being the accompanying signing from Everton.
After that, only a series of brilliant performances brought him back into the limelight, and that too, in not an all-too-convincing manner. Now, the player is believed to be demanding a contract worth £120,000-a-week.
While Jose Mourinho is clearly a fan, he too seems to have lost patience with the fact that the player is stalling an extension.
A while ago, the gaffer was quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “I told him sign the contract and shut up. I told him don’t gamble too much before you know the extent of the injury. I don’t know [if he will sign an extension].”
There are numerous worthwhile names waiting for his signature, and ones that might even agree to his wage demands. Is the era of Fellaini over at Old Trafford?