Man United should do all they can to keep Fellaini

According to ESPN FC, Marouane Fellaini wants to stay at Manchester United this summer, but the midfielder is still unhappy with the length of the contract currently on the table.

United have offered Fellaini a 12-month extension to his current deal, which is due to expire at the end of the next month.

It had been thought that the midfielder would move on at the end of the 2017-18 campaign, but after scoring the winner against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, the situation appears to have changed.

Indeed, United boss Jose Mourinho claimed after his team’s 2-1 win that Fellaini wanted to stay at Old Trafford, and the Portuguese was confident that an agreement would soon be reached.

According to ESPN FC, Fellaini does want to stay at the Theatre of Dreams, but he is not prepared to accept the one-year deal currently on the table.

from the 2017-18 campaign

A knee problem has restricted Fellaini to just 22 appearances for United this season, but there is no question that he has contributed when available.

Indeed, he has scored four Premier League goals in just four starts, whilst he netted once and provided one assist in three Champions League appearances earlier this season.

The 30-year-old is not everyone’s cup of tea, but there is no question that he is an absolute menace to opposition defences, and proved that once again with a terrific header in the latter stages of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Arsenal.

Much has been made of Fellaini’s discipline – and his elbows – in the past, but the midfielder has actually only picked up one yellow card this season, and is yet to be sent off.

What’s more, a passing accuracy of 84% goes a long way to dispelling claims that the midfielder is clumsy in possession of the football.

Fellaini, who is valued at £10.8m by transfermarkt.co.uk, divides opinion with the United supporters, but he can play a role to play for the club moving forward, and the statistics in the infographic above demonstrate why Mourinho is so keen to keep him.