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Marouane Fellaini’s future will be sorted soon with five days remaining at Manchester United

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has five more days left at the Old Trafford club. The Belgian, currently playing in the FIFA World Cup in Russia, will see his contract expire at 23:59 on Saturday 30th June 2018, a day in which many United supporters are looking forward to. Fellaini made the move from Everton to United on transfer deadline day in 2013 with United paying £27.5 million for the Belgian midfielder’s services, even though he was available for £4 million less earlier that summer.

Fellaini came after a summer of promises with Cesc Fabregas, Gareth Bale, and even Cristiano Ronaldo tipped to be making a move to the Theatre of Dreams that summer, a summer of disappointment. The lack of strengthening, despite United starting Moyes’ tenure at the club as Premier League champions, was one of the reasons he was sacked around seven months later, just over two months after signing Juan Mata from Chelsea during the January transfer window. Too little too late for the chosen one.

United offered Fellaini a new contract late last year with resulted in a stalemate with reports suggesting the Belgian, who has made just one appearance in the World Cup this summer, demanding £125,000 per week. At the end of the season, Fellaini told the Belgian media that United had left it too late to keep him at the club, despite Jose Mourinho suggesting that he wanted the player to sign a new contract. Fellaini has been linked to AC Milan, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and a number of Turkish clubs this summer.

It was reported that both Milan and Marseille considered Fellaini’s demands as too much, which could be the case for any club the Belgian is a player of interest to. United still seemingly have their final contract offer on the table and with five days remaining of his current contract, it is something of an embarrassment that United even have the offer on the table, despite it being rejected. If Fellaini ends up having nowhere to go this summer and signs the renewal at United, there will be a backlash from supporters of the club who are counting down the days.

The Belgian is keeping his cards close to his chest so far this summer but with the days reducing, there is an eagerness to see where the player will continue his career. When asked recently about his future, Fellaini gave the reply; “You will know soon.” In five days time, the days of Fellaini fortifying Manchester United’s midfield could be over, or another period could commence. United have already started their transfer business this summer with Diogo Dalot and Fred signing for the club.

Mourinho is said to be seeking a central defender, another central midfielder, even fortifying the attack which could include support for Romelu Lukaku, even solve the right-wing position. Fellaini, despite not being a fans favourite whilst at United, has impressed at times and done a lot for the club. He scored some goals which were the difference for United in their quest to win trophies post-Sir Alex Ferguson with United lifting the Emirates FA Cup under Louis van Gaal, also winning the FA Community Shield, EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League under Mourinho.

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