José Mourinho has revealed that Marouane Fellaini‘s future at Manchester United continues to hang in the balance with his contract due to expire at the end of this season.
The Belgian international signed a one-year extension last year and was offered a new deal back in September but has so far rejected the latest offer proposed by the club.
Fellaini has been free to speak with other clubs since 1 January but has yet to make a decision on his future.
When speaking at a press conference on Monday, Jose Mourinho noted that the club was no closer to reaching an agreement with the midfielder to extend his future at the club.
The boss said:
“It’s a very important player for me and is a great professional that is giving everything he can to help the team and there is a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together.
“That’s our objective. Are we going to reach, to agree? I don’t know but what I know is that myself, the board and the player we would like to have a happy year.”
When asked if he was more optimistic over the future of Marouane Fellaini and Manchester United, Mourinho said:
“In relation to Marouane? No, no. I’m happy with his contribution. I think he’s been a great professional for us and I know that he wants to stay with us and that is very important.
“He knows I want him and the club wants him and I think that’s very important for him. But then there is a paper to sign but you only sign the paper when you are happy with what’s on the paper.
“So let’s see what will happen.”
It sounds to us that Marouane Fellaini’s future at Old Trafford may hinge on whether the club offers him a substantial financial package more than anything else.
At the age of 30, the former-Everton man may only have one big contract left in his career, so the club will need to offer him both a good wage and contract length if those remaining years of his prime are to be with us.
Fellaini has made three starts and eight substitute appearances in an injury-plagued Premier League campaign so far, scoring three goals. He has also appeared twice in the Champions League and recently made his return as a substitute in our 2-0 FA Cup win over Derby County.