According to ESPN FC, Marouane Fellaini wants to sign a new contract at Manchester United, but the two parties are still squabbling over the length of the deal.
Fellaini’s current contract with United will expire at the end of next month, and it had been thought that the 30-year-old would move on ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.
The situation has changed over the last week, however, and United boss Jose Mourinho suggested after Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal that Fellaini was now close to signing a new contract with the 20-time English champions.
Fellaini came off the bench to score the winner against Arsenal, and it is now thought that the Belgium international will stay in Manchester.
However, according to ESPN FC, Fellaini is still not interested in signing a one-year contract as he wants assurances over his long-term future.
Mourinho clearly wants the towering midfielder to stay with the club this summer, although the situation remains unresolved as the end of the season draws closer.
It would be fair to say that Fellaini splits opinion. Upon his arrival at Old Trafford from Everton, the Belgian insisted that his best position was in a holding midfield role.
Fellaini has proved time and time again that he does not have the ball-playing skills to operate in the middle of the park for United, but there is no question that he is an absolute menace to opposition teams due to his size and power.
Indeed, Arsenal could not live with Fellaini in the latter stages of Sunday’s Premier League clash, and it was the Belgian’s wonderful header that secured all the points.
Fellaini, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has scored four times in just four Premier League starts this season, whilst he also managed one goal and one assist in three Champions League appearances.
The midfielder is not everyone’s cup of tea, but he is capable of playing a big role for United next season if the contract situation can be resolved.