A long-drawn saga for Manchester United has finally come to a close, as Marouane Fellaini has officially penned a new contract at Old Trafford which will see him function as a Red Devil till 2020.
An official statement by the club read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until June 2020, with the option to extend for a further year.”
The Belgian midfielder has had a pending contract from quite a while now, and rumours of top clubs trying to pry him away had emerged as early as December.
The 30-year-old had this to say about the deal: “I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.”
A word of mention went to Jose Mourinho as well: “I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.”
The Portuguese gaffer had put much trust on the midfielder, and had gone on the record on several occasions stating that Fellaini was crucial to the manner in which the team functioned, and that he was trying to convince him in renewing his deal.
After the contract was official, Mourinho said the following: “I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”
With this renewal perhaps United’s transfer business has come to an end as well, as it was his midfield replacement that was long being touted as their next signing.