Marouane Fellaini is close to agreeing a new contract to extend his stay at Old Trafford, according to reports.
The towering Belgian international has become a massively important player under Jose Mourinho, and it is little surprise then that a new deal is being laid out on the table.
Quite incredibly, this is Fellaini’s fifth season at United. For the most part of the five years, though, he has been seen as somewhat of a troll figure.
Having been a panic buy on deadline day in David Moyes’s first and only season in charge, he has often had to bear the brunt of the criticism from the fans, who have treated him like a scapegoat.
However, since the arrival of Jose Mourinho last summer, the Old Trafford faithful have started to take the midfielder seriously. The Portuguese boss has found a way to get the best out of Fellaini, and the trust that the manager has in him is being paid back in abundance.
United were close to letting Fellaini leave for close to peanuts in the summer, as Galatasaray showed a firm interest. Mourinho laughed off the possibility of the soon-to-be 30-year-old leaving though, insisting that the player was a crucial part of his team, and is not for sale by any means.
The only stumbling block in the move at the moment is that Fellaini is asking for £150,000-a-week to sign the new deal. United have a strict wage policy for players aged 30 or above, and are unwilling to offer that sum of money to the Belgian.
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