Marouane Fellaini has performed a shock U-turn and decided to sign a new two-year contract at Manchester United, according to a report.
Fellaini will be a free agent on 1 July and yesterday he claimed he would reveal on Sunday where his future lies.
“I know where I’m going to play next year and that does not affect my performance at World Cup,” Fellaini said.
“The contract has been signed and I’m going to announce it within a few days.
“Like I said, I will soon say where I will play next season.” Asked if he will announce it on July 1, Fellaini replied: “Yes.”
And now Fellaini finally looks set to agree an extension with HLN’s Belgium football reporter Kristof Terreur claiming Fellaini is close to agreeing a two-year deal with the club.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) June 26, 2018
United boss Jose Mourinho has always stated his desire to keep the 30-year-old Belgium enforcer, but he looked certain to move on with links to AC Milan, Arsenal, Turkey and China all referenced in recent months.
Fellaini had originally looked set to leave before the United boss recently admitted a deal was close after the United’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 admitted the club were doing all they can to keep him and he has said United officials knew 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.”
But last month Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli, via Gianluca di Marzio, said negotiations with Fellaini had taken place with the player and that he was leaving Old Trafford.
Mirabelli told Sky Sport: Fellaini? He could be an important player. In fact, he is an important player. We know that he is not renewing his contract with Manchester United, but it is difficult to say if we have closed it. He has important parameters. We will do something in that role, but with maximum discretion. We will close a deal first before we announce a player.”
And now an extension is apparently back on with Terreur tweeting a GIF of Fellaini scoring for United.
— Kristof Terreur 📰 (@HLNinEngeland) June 27, 2018
Fellaini has made 156 appearances for United, 59 of them as a substitute, scoring 20 goals and earning Europa League, FA Cup and League Cup winners’ medals.