Manchester United have officially confirmed that Marouane Fellaini will extend his stay at the club.
The Belgian international had been widely expected to leave Old Trafford this summer with contract talks at a standstill, but a compromise as ben found that allows Fellaini to remain with the Premier League side.
Marouane Fellaini has signed a new #MUFC contract which runs until June 2020, with the option to extend for a further year.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 29, 2018
Fellaini, whose preference was always to stay at Man United, told the club’s website that he was delighted to continue with the club for the foreseeable future:
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.
“I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.”
Fellaini had been holding out for a three-year deal to stay at Man United, but the club were reluctant to go beyond one year. As such it seemed likely that he would leave this summer with a number of clubs, including AC Milan and Arsenal, reported to be vying for his services.
However, an alternative has been found, with the former Everton man signing a two-year contract with the option of a third, suggesting that the terms have been much more favourable towards the player in the end.
Fellaini followed David Moyes to Man United in 2013 for a fee of £27.5m, in what was the Scot’s first major signing as Man United manager. He has gone on to make over 150 appearances for the side in his four years in the side so far, and manager Jose Mourinho was very keen to see that stay extended.
In the meantime. Fellaini is on international duty with Belgium at the World Cup, wherein the other Red Devils have just secured a last-16 clash with Japan next week after defeating Egland to claim top spot in Group G.