Marouane Fellaini believes he is close to winning his game of poker with Manchester United after revealing the club made a big mistake.
The Belgium midfielder now looks all set to sign a new contract with United before he departs for the World Cup this summer – a huge turnaround from a month ago when the 30-year-old look destined to leave Old Trafford.
Mourinho always stated that he wanted the midfielder to stay and that now looks like being the case after the United boss admitted a deal was close after the weekend’s win over Arsenal.
“I think Fellaini will stay,” the United boss told BBC Radio 5 live. We are trying to organise our team and are thinking about improvements.
“Until now, I haven’t lost one second thinking about replacing him because I think he will stay.”
Fellaini has admitted the club are doing all they can to keep him and he says United officials know they made a huge mistake in not offering him a new contract when he wanted one last season.
“The entire staff is doing everything I can to stay. Now I am in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has stated that he wants to keep me,” Fellaini told Sport Magazine.
“Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it ten times. Afterwards I became important for the team… And a good player costs at least 50 million euros. The club knows that they went wrong there.”
Fellaini, who is looking for an increase on his £120,000-a-week wages, has been linked with a move to Turkey, as well as China and the midfielder says he would have no issue with moving to the Far East.
“I would not have a problem with life in China. I love to discover other places and other cultures. And I will not go there alone. If I go, it’s with the family,” Fellaini added.
“I am now thirty years old, end of contract and negotiating with Manchester United. There are several clubs that show interest. I’m waiting for what’s going to happen.”
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