Marouane Fellaini has defended his reputation at Manchester United in an explosive interview in his native Belgium.
The 30-year-old midfielder, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been continually criticised during his time at Old Trafford.
The Belgium star is expected to leave United with PSG believed to be leading the charge to sign the enforcer with Besiktas and Fenerbahce also interested in the player.
And in a revealing interview with Belgian outlet Humo, Fellaini, who has become one of Jose Mourinho’s most important players, has given an insight into the reasons why he may well be leaving the Premier League.
Now in contract negotiations with United, Fellaini has expressed his dissatisfaction with the English media.
“They have labelled me an aggressive player, a murderer,” he told Humo.
“Look, I’m fanatical. The team that wants it the hardest wins. But there have been times when I came out as the villain.
“What should I do if they pull me by the hair? It sounds like a joke, but it really hurts.
“Last season I was suspended after the derby against City for a headbutt against Aguero. He stepped towards me and then dropped dead. But, no, I get the red.
“Players often try to provoke me but do you know how many yellow cards I collected last season? Four, in 45 matches. I’ve never destroyed someone’s career.”
Gary Neville has been a big critic of Fellaini, while Jamie Carragher labelled him the “the champion of breaking legs”, in March.
“I no longer need to prove anything – not in England or Belgium,” added Fellaini.
“There may be criticism from all sides but nothing can touch me.
“Until that first year in Manchester I had never been under fire. Suddenly it happened, and I was not good at that.
“Why should I care what an old player says about me? His time is long gone. The football world is full of hypocrisy.
“Trust me, I have seen a lot. I have experienced players who were top, but also players who have disappointed me. Players who you imagined had strong personalities, but in my eyes were weaklings.”