Belgian Star Pens New Contract
Marouane Fellaini has put pen to paper on a new two-year contract at Manchester United.
The Belgium international was due to become a free agent when his contract with the club formally expired at midnight on Saturday night. However, the club has broken its own protocol by offering the 30-year-old a two-year contract. Players tend to be offered only one-year deals by United once they reach that age. Fellaini could be awarded an additional year as United have the option of a one-year extension.
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,” Fellaini told the club’s official website.
“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.
“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.”
Fellaini had been linked with clubs in Turkey, Italy and France. The latest rumour came earlier this week when it was claimed the Belgian had spoken to new Arsenal boss Unai Emery about a move to the Emirates. However, the Gunners were unable to match the sums on offer from United.
Jose Mourinho added:
“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.”
The news will also delight United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. He faced paying out a transfer fee of at least £20million – and probably much more – for a replacement for Fellaini. United were already one midfielder down following the retirement at the end of last season of Michael Carrick.