Jose Mourinho has provided an an update on Marouane Fellaini, with the midfielder having entered the last four months of his contract.
During his pre-match press conference on Saturday, Mourinho revealed that he expected that this would be Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s final season at Manchester United while Ibrahimovic himself has even hinted at a move to the MLS.
However, the United boss was then asked about the future of Fellaini. The Belgian is in the final throngs of his current contract, and while he has been linked with a move to Besiktas in recent months, Mourinho declared he was still keen for him to stay, and expects him back in action in a couple of weeks after undergoing ‘minor surgery’:
“Fellaini is a different story. He’s still a young player, he had his injury and had a little surgery, minor surgery, and he will be back to play again in a couple of weeks,” Mourinho said.
“So if we proceed in the Champions League after Sevilla I think he will be ready for a hypothetical quarter-final a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final and for the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.
“Is he going to stay or leave? I don’t know, but I want him to stay and the club want him to stay.”
Fellaini was the first signing of the post Sir Alex Ferguson era, joining David Moyes’ Manchester United sign for £27.5 million in 2013. Despite being unpopular and ineffective during his first few seasons at Old Trafford, he has become a bit of a fan favourite.