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Marouane Fellaini has signed a new two-year contract at Manchester United, with the option of a third year

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract at the Old Trafford club. It was expected that the Belgian would leave the Theatre of Dreams this summer on the expiry of his contract. United manager Jose Mourinho wanted the Belgian to remain in his squad and has asked him to stay many times since the turn of 2018. Fellaini, 30, has signed a new two-year contract with the option of a third year to be added on.

The Belgian has made 156 appearances for United in the past five years, scoring 20 goals, five of them last season alone. He is not a fans favourite but has the backing of his manager and his teammates. Fellaini has scored some crucial goals in the past few seasons which has seen United lift the Emirates FA Cup, the FA Community Shield, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League – the first time the club had ever lifted that trophy.

United has already added Brazilian Fred to the midfield this summer, replacing the now-retired Michael Carrick who will now occupy a place on Mourinho’s coaching team. Fellaini’s new contract will mean that United may not sign another central midfielder this summer, which will free up funds to strengthen the defence and the attack with a forward to take the pressure off Romelu Lukaku and possibly a right-winger added to the squad.

Talking about his new contract at the Theatre of Dreams, Fellaini, speaking to the official Manchester United website, said:

“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.”

Mourinho, speaking about Fellaini’s new contract, which I am sure he is happy about, said:

“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”

Fellaini is currently with the Belgian squad at the FIFA World Cup in Russia. He played against England on Thursday evening, with Adnan Januzaj scoring the only goal in the match. Fellaini had made an appearance in Belgium’s second group stage match, replacing Lukaku, who was rested against England because of an injury. Fellaini was one of the players who deserved the Man of the Match award against England, showing how he can be involved in attacks, which is why I guess Mourinho rates him so highly.

Belgium will face Japan in the last 16 on Monday evening, whilst England will face Colombia on Tuesday evening. I am sure Fellaini will be seeking to get further in the tournament this summer, possibly returning to the Old Trafford club after his holiday, possibly claiming a World Cup winner’s medal, which is what Lukaku and his teammates will be aiming for. It is too early to suggest whether they have the squad to do this yet, but they are in the knockouts and have a talented squad and will be aiming high.

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