Marouane Fellaini was in no mood to mince his words when discussing his contract situation at Manchester United.
The Belgian midfielder’s current deal expires at the end of the current campaign – and despite Jose Mourinho’s assertion that he wants Fellaini to stay at the club, the player himself seems to be more open to leaving if his terms cannot be met.
Speaking to Sport/Voetbal, the former Everton man claims that Mourinho’s words have strengthened his hand in negotiations, but also that he could even move to China if said talks break down:
“The whole staff are doing everything for me to stay.
The club didn’t renew my contract last year. Now, I’m in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has said he wants to keep me.
“Last year, I went to the coach and said I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I won’t ask 10 times. Afterwards, I became important for the team.
“A good player costs at least €50 million. The club knows they went wrong there.
“If I don’t have physical problems, I will go to the World Cup. Afterwards, we’ll see. I haven’t made a decision yet.
“I’m open to everything. I wouldn’t have a problem with life in China. I love to discover other places and other cultures. And I won’t go there alone. If I go, it’s with the family.
“I’m now 30 years old, at the end of a contract and negotiating with Manchester United. There are several clubs showing interest. I’m waiting for what will happen.”
Fellaini also took the opportunity to hit back at Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher. The former Liverpool defender has been a vocal critic of his down the years – but Fellaini feels that Carragher doesn’t have the character to be able to take aim at that, especially given the circumstances surrounding his temporary departure from television screens:
“How can someone like Jamie Carragher dare to question me? The guy spat from his car on a girl after a Manchester-Liverpool match.
“You know, critics help you progress, you end up working more, you want to show them they are wrong.”
Fellaini has made just four Premier League starts in what has been an injury-hit season at Old Trafford – but he was able to give a timely reminder of his usefulness by scoring the winner against Arsenal last weekend. Increased starting time is believed to be high on the player’s list of demands before he signs a new deal at the club.