The importance of Marouane Fellaini at Manchester United has become increasingly apparent this season. Brought in by David Moyes, who will forever be plagued by his awful season with the Red Devils, the ace midfielder initially seemed to have inherited some of that wrath from the Old Trafford faithful.
However, he has eventually proven himself to be a crucial player for the club, and has contributed immensely to their success over the seasons, particularly in big games. During Saturday’s 4-0 riot over Crystal Palace as well, the ex-Evertonian found the back of the net twice.
Now, the English giants will have to take certain measures to ensure he remains a part of their squad in the near future. The 29-year-old is currently in the final year of his contract with the Mancunian side, and will be free to leave the club in the summer as a free agent.
Moreover, the big Belgian, who already pockets a decent fee of £130,000 every week, and enjoys a special spot in Jose Mourinho’s plans for the club, will be able to initiate talks with other European clubs in January itself, with Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray believed to be highly interested in his services.
A club source (via The Sun) reckons: “There is a fear that Marouane will only stay here with a major pay increase. He is on good money already but feels he has a worth. They are in a difficult spot with him out of contract next summer.”
However, the boss cannot afford to dilly-dally any further, as per the same source, who further revealed: “The club already took out their 12-month option to extend his deal back in January, so it’s proving difficult. He wants to stay by all accounts, but has seen the club hand big money in recent seasons to new arrivals.”
Fellaini’s contributions have proven to be priceless owing to the injury of Michael Carrick and the impending long-term absence of star player Paul Pogba, leaving the 29-year-old as the sole physically daunting, and tactically attacking option in midfield. Therefore, whether or not he decides to pen down his future at Old Trafford will be a crucial worry for United.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
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