Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will soon sign a new contract with the 20-time English champions.
Fellaini will see his current deal at Old Trafford expire at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old is believed to have rejected at least one offer from United, and he has been strongly linked with a move to Turkish football.
Fellaini is a favourite of Mourinho, however, with the Belgium international offering a physical presence in both penalty boxes.
The United boss has paid tribute to Fellaini on a number of occasions in recent months, and the Portuguese is hopeful that the former Everton midfielder will soon pen a fresh contract with the team that are currently second in the Premier League table.
Mourinho told reporters:
“He’s a very important player for me and a great professional who is giving everything to help the team.
“There’s a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together and that’s our objective. Are we going to agree? I don’t know. But what I know is myself, the board and the player we would like to have a happy end.”
“He knows that I want him and the club wants him. I think this is also important for him. But you only sign a paper when you are happy with what is written in the paper.”
Fellaini, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, is expected to be in the United squad that travels to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Wednesday night.
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