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Jose Mourinho Fears Manchester United Will Lose Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho (L) pushes Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini (C) away from the fourth official Neil Swarbrick (R) after Fellaini was sent off during the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and Manchester United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, north west England, on April 27, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Oli SCARFF / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo credit should read OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is worried that Marouane Fellaini will decide to leave the club as contract talks continue to stall.

The Belgian international’s current deal runs out in the summer and although talks regarding an extension have been ongoing, an agreement has yet to be reached. As such, Fellaini would be free to talk to potential suitors from January 1st, and leave Old Trafford upon the expiration of his contract.

Speaking to the media on Friday ahead of Man United’s Premier League clash against Brighton, Mourinho conceded that the situation was out of his hands but that he hoped a compromise between board and player could be found:

“Yes I am [concerned].

“[I can do] nothing. Leave the discussion to the player and the board. I am not involved in contracts, in deals.

“I respect both the players and the board. The player because he has the right to decide his future. He finishes his contract he has the right to decide his future.

“And I respect that because the decisions and discussions are under control, so I just wait wishing they will have an understanding. But it’s out of my control.”

Manchester United's Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini heads the ball during the UEFA Champions League Group A football match between FC Basel and Manchester United on November 22, 2017 in Basel. / AFP PHOTO / Fabrice COFFRINI        (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Fellaini has been a scapegoat by Man United fans dating back to the David Moyes era. Indeed, for many of those supporters he was the living embodiment of the post-Alex Ferguson decline. However, subsequent managers Louis van Gaal and Mourinho have each found a use for the 30-year-old, and although he has been linked with a move away from Man United in every transfer window in the past few years, he has persevered and is arguably one of Mourinho’s most trusted players.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.