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Manchester United still want Marouane Fellaini to stay; it is time to let him leave and move on

Manchester United are reportedly hopeful that Marouane Fellaini will remain at the Theatre of Dreams this summer, despite his current contract ending at the end of the month. Fellaini was offered a new contract months ago and the contract is still seemingly on the table according to reports. The player is obviously not keen on signing a new contract after aiming to negotiate with clubs such as AC Milan, Marseille and with Arsenal reportedly on the radar. The player seems likely to sort his career out after the FIFA World Cup this summer.

Fellaini has been vocal about the contract offer, speaking to the media in his native Belgium, stating that United had left it too late to keep him at the Old Trafford club, something which manager Jose Mourinho wants to happen. It seems increasingly likely that Fellaini will leave the club as a free agent this summer with United left hanging, as far as the contract offer goes. If a player is not keen on signing a new contract, for whatever reason, that contract should not be left open for a long period of time, as seems to be the case here.

Fellaini has shown so much disrespect to United over the past few months with his comments, which suggest he does not sign a new deal at the club. United keeping that offer on the table is a gamble. It also makes the club seem desperate to keep Fellaini, with the majority of supporters ready to accept the loss of the player, who was not a fan favourite and one the majority of supporters would happily see walk out of the Old Trafford club, forever. I respect the player for his time at the club, but that is now over, hopefully.

Now, I don’t hate Fellaini, he’s a player that came after a summer of promise, which turned into a summer of failure. That is no the player’s fault at all. United and David Moyes spent the summer chasing the unattainable and were left with deadline day to get some business done. That turned out to be Fellaini, although there was a loan deal for Fabio Coentrao, then of Real Madrid, which was not ratified. Fellaini’s time under Moyes was short-lived and only Mourinho managed to get the best out of him, which was not good enough for a club of this stature.

Fellaini has seen much attention from clubs this summer, from AC Milan to Marseille, then Arsenal. There have been other clubs interested in the player, but the same story seems to prevail when you learn that many of the clubs have seemingly backed away from the player. His wage demands are too high. I guess when you have played for a club such as Manchester United, who are known to pay high wages, when you leave, you want the same wage, but that is not going to happen, especially for a free agent.

Fellaini has a big gamble on his hands waiting until after the World Cup to sort out his future. One injury could scupper everything for him, which will leave him out of pocket, with no facilities to return to fitness and a big deal to overcome, being that he will in effect be club-less. It could be much tougher for him to find a club after an injury, as hypothetical as it might be at this moment in time. The one thing that could happen though is United, with that contract offer still seemingly on the table, Fellaini could sign it to ensure he is not in that position.

That would be a tragedy in this day an age if a player comes home from the World Cup injured, close to being a free agent and signing a new contract in order to keep racking up the cash and having a medical team around him to help him recover. Even if he did not come back from Russia injured, he seems to be out of options this summer, so could sign the new contract to keep himself in a position whereby he would attain regular first team football. United’s contract offer should be conditional.

Either you sign it before a certain date, or the offer is rescinded. That date should be before the player heads to Russia with Belgium for the World Cup. United are left tottering on the edge of desperation by seemingly keeping that contract offer open, which is starting to become an embarrassment. Imagine if Fellaini did sign a new contract this summer, would it be because he wanted to keep playing for United, or would it be because he was left with no other option? It is time for a change now.

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