Delight for Jose Mourinho but not so much the fans as Fellaini nears new contract

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to receive a boost as the club close in on securing a new deal for Marouane Fellaini.

The Portuguese manager has never made his admiration for the Belgium international a secret, and he’s now dropped the biggest hint yet that Fellaini will remain at Old Trafford next season and maybe beyond.

“The position is that we are almost there,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “But in football, the almost is not enough. I think we are almost there, but I can’t celebrate because almost is not enough.

“I want to see the white paper with the United crest, Ed Woodward’s signature and Marouane’s signature.”

Fellaini’s current deal expires this summer, meaning he could leave on a free transfer, so it is crucial for United to get a contract sealed if they want him to stay.

Losing Michael Carrick to retirement should mean Mourinho will be on the lookout for a new midfielder this summer but Fellaini too could force the club into making even more midfield additions.

This is how United fans reacted to the news on Twitter:

However, it wasn’t on doom and gloom on social media. Some fans did remember who scored the late winner against Arsenal just yesterday…

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