Marouane Fellaini knows he’s about to get paid.
The 30-year-old midfielder tried to re-up with Manchester United last season, but couldn’t get a new deal heading into the final year of his contract.
Now, having further established himself as a go-to guy off the bench for Jose Mourinho, he knows his value has risen at Old Trafford and abroad.
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And he’s not about to take a pay cut, admitting he has no problem playing in China if it’s his best option. From Sky Sports:
“The entire staff is doing everything [so] I can stay,” he told Sport Voetbal Magazine. “Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it 10 times. Afterwards I became important for the team… and a good player costs at least 50m euros. The club knows that they went wrong there.”
Fellaini said several clubs have interest in his services, but we wonder how much of factor regular playing time is for the Belgian.
Knee injuries have robbed him of significant playing time this season, but Fellaini’s hit the pitch each time he’s made the 18 for a Premier League match. He has four goals in 15 appearances, four of which were starts.
Fellaini also took a shot at Jamie Carragher in the interview, asking why the ex-Liverpool man can dare criticize his playing style given his off-field actions earlier this year.
Marouane Fellaini‘s 37th Premier League goal was vintage.
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The 30-year-old midfielder nodded the ball home with the back of his dome in stoppage time to give Manchester United a 2-1 win over Arsenal on Sunday.
Any way to prod the ball over the line has been the aerial giant’s M.O. for some time.
“I know my quality,” Fellaini said on NBCSN. “I know if the ball comes to the box I can be dangerous. It was a good ball, I tried to flick it and it was a goal. So good for me and good for the club.”
Paul Pogba had a little bit of fun with the Belgian’s knack for using his prominent top features.
“It went in that’s all you have to know,” Pogba said to Fellaini. “You can touch it with your hair, with your nose, the most important thing is the three points and the goal.
For his part, Pogba said United is far from where they want to be, but happy to be close to locking down second place and focusing on the FA Cup Final against Chelsea.
“A perfect season would be the league. We didn’t have it. We’ve been second for a long time. We want to have second place and the final.”
It’s been sad more than a few times, but United to should pay a bit more than it’d like if Fellaini wants to stick around and play a role for Mourinho. He’s a difference maker in certainly tactical concepts, not to mention the Route One approach.
Marouane Fellaini headed home in the first minute of stoppage time to lead Manchester United to a 2-1 win over Arsenal in Arsene Wenger‘s final match in charge of the visiting Gunners at Old Trafford.
Ashley Young whipped in the cross, and Paul Pogba scored United’s other goal as the Red Devils tighten their grip on second place. Arsenal remains sixth with 58 points.
Wenger started a heavily-changed lineup including Premier League debutant Konstantinos Mavropanos as Arsenal prepares for Thursday’s Europa League second leg at Atletico Madrid. The Gunners drew the home leg 1-1.
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A free-flowing first quarter hour paved the way to United’s 16th minute opener, with Alexis Sanchez heading Romelu Lukaku‘s cross off the post. Pogba potted the rebound for 1-0.
United posed most of the threat as the game marched toward halftime, with Ashley Young hitting the post with a cross.
Lukaku was injured in the 49th minute, when Premier League debutant Mavropanos kicked across the striker. Marcus Rashford replaced the Belgian.
That’s when Mkhitaryan made it 1-1 with a goal against his former club, hitting a low shot inside the far post in the 51st minute. Granit Xhaka stole the ball and Mkhitaryan’s extra touch right rooted De Gea.
A nice team move looked to have put United in front, as Fellaini nodded Anthony Martial‘s terrific cross off the far post then Rashford and into the goal. Alas, Rashford was offside.
That’s when United used very fluid team movement and a fortunate bounce in the middle to cue up Young’s cross for the winner.
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Marouane Fellaini‘s time in Manchester looks to be numbered, and a move abroad could have the Belgian in line for one last payday during his career.
The Manchester United midfielder has rejected multiple offers to stay on at Old Trafford ahead of his contract expiring this summer, which would allow Fellaini to pursue other opportunities come June.
Fellaini is being linked to moves to Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, as the veteran aims to secure a sizable contract upon leaving the Red Devils after over five-and-a-half years with the club.
The Daily Mail is also reporting that Fellaini would be open to hearing options that could keep him in the Premier League, although it is unclear if there is any serious interest from English sides at this time.
Since the arrivals of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic, Fellaini has struggled to find playing time under manager Jose Mourinho.
This season, the Belgium international has appeared in just 14 PL matches and 19 in all competitions. Fellaini has scored four goals in that span.
What is the first thing that pops into your head when someone says Marouane Fellaini‘s name?
That’s right. Hair. And lots of it.
The Manchester United and Belgium midfielder, 30, has revealed his latest hairdo and it has been inspired by… Mickey Mouse. Yeah, seriously.
In a photoshoot for GQ, Fellaini got crazy. Take a look at the photos below.
Fellaini’s future at United beyond the end of this season is in serious doubt with Turkish club Galatasaray said to be pushing hard to sign him, while Jose Mourinho continues to laud the languid midfielder every time he comes back from injury to put his body on the line for the team, just as he did after Fellaini’s latest against Liverpool on Saturday in his 150th appearance for the Red Devils.
What isn’t in doubt is this outrageous new look.