Shock for Man Utd as rivals confirm Marouane Fellaini is leaving

Date published: Monday 21st May 2018 11:26 - Matthew Briggs

AC Milan claim they are in talks with Marouane Fellaini and confirmed the Belgium midfielder is leaving Manchester United this summer.

The 30-year-old enforcer is out of contract next month and after looking certain to leave Old Trafford, earlier this month it looked as though United were close to getting him to extend his contract.

Jose Mourinho declared his desire to keep Fellaini and the player admitted United were doing all they could to persuade him to stay after failing to offer him a new deal last season.

But now it appears that Fellaini is focused on leaving United and Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli, via Gianluca di Marzio, says negotiations have taken place with the player, who the Serie A club claim is up for grabs.

After Milan’s 5-1 win over Fiorentina on Sunday, 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.”


Mourinho has always stated that he wanted the midfielder to stay and that looked like being the case after the United boss admitted a deal was close after the recent 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.”

Mirabelli also admitted in-demand Gianluigi Donnarumma was not for sale and claimed Suso could leave after the insertion of a buyout clause in his deal

“We have never put Donnarumma on the market. When we renewed his contract in the hope that he will be always be our goalkeeper.

“Suso? When he renewed his contract, he and his agent wanted a buyout clause. He is not on the market, but it is up for him to decide.”


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