Marouane Fellaini’s days at Manchester United look to be numbered.
The Belgian international’s contract situation at the club has dragged on for moths – and with no positive end in sight, Fellaini looks destined to depart this summer.
Efforts have been made to offer the former Everton midfielder a new deal – but, accordign to the Times, the terms on the table are not acceptable to Fellaini. The report suggests that Man United have offered the 30-year-old a one-year deal to stay at Old Trafford, less than the three years he has been looking for.
With the World Cup looming, the report goes on to suggest that Fellaini will make a final decision this weekend. However, he looks set to turn Man United’s offer down.
AC Milan have been strongly linked with Fellaini, and have apparently already offered him a three-year contract, and while his first preference would be to stay with Jose Mourinho’s side, he has said more than once that he is prepared to leave if he is not given an acceptable deal.
Regular playing time is believed to be another of Fellaini’s big demands. In all he started just five Premier League matches last season, far below the number he believes he is deserving of.
Mourinho is a known admirer of Fellaini, and would like him to remain, but his decision to allow the board to handle the negotiations means that he is unlikely to interven personally in an effort to keep the player at the club.
With Michael Carrick having retired, Mourinho would be loath to lose another midfielder, but Man United are reported to be close to bolstering their options in the centre with the mooted arrival of Shakhtar Donetsk’ Brazilian international Fred.