Fellaini reflects on the two main factors that kept him at Man Utd so long

Date published: Saturday 13th July 2019 6:13 - Samuel Bannister

Marouane Fellaini may have left Manchester United for China in January, but the midfielder has revealed that he could have left a lot sooner.

David Moyes took Fellaini with him from Everton to Man Utd in summer 2013, but it took a while for the Belgian to become settled at his new club.

Eventually, though, Fellaini stayed at Old Trafford for five-and-a-half years, despite having several chances to leave.

The 31-year-old revealed all to Sportweek: “In 2014 I almost signed with Napoli, I had also talked to [Rafa] Benitez. I came from my first year with Manchester and it wasn’t the best.

“In that summer I played a great World Cup with Belgium and I didn’t know if I would have been with the Red Devils. I really thought about it, then I thought and I realised that United was a great club and the Premier League a great competition. I wanted to try again.

“A year ago there was this other opportunity, my agent spoke to Milan. But I know [Jose] Mourinho very well, I felt good with him and he wanted me to stay at United: it was easy to choose to stay a few more months. Mourinho for me is a great man and I still feel him.”

Fellaini has played 19 games and scored seven goals since sealing a switch to Shandong Luneng at the end of January, after over a decade in England with Everton and United.


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