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:
Mourinho is going to bin off Martial, Rashford, Mata and Shaw and sign Fellaini on a mega contract isn’t he. Then again banging it long to the Brush at the back stick has been the only consist strategy of the post-Fergie era. The times we live in.
— United Rant (@unitedrant) 30 April 2018
Fellaini scores the winner which means he’ll probably sign a new contract. pic.twitter.com/kudcbpE9Ix
— Ryan. 🔴 (@Vintage_Utd) 29 April 2018
We’re not going to close the gap on Manchester City handing players like Fellaini, who will be 31 years old this year, a new contract whilst they’re signing the likes of Jorginho.
— Sibs (@SibsMUFC) 30 April 2018
Giving fellaini a new contract will be a disaster. Please don’t do it @manutd. I’m begging you.
— Shibani (@shibani_mufc) 29 April 2018
When Jorginho to City is announced days after Fellaini signs a new contract pic.twitter.com/sOrRnpniVJ
— Enda Higgins (@endahiggins88) 28 April 2018
However, it wasn’t on doom and gloom on social media. Some fans did remember who scored the late winner against Arsenal just yesterday…
that’s why Fellaini’s contract is a prioroty…
— ♡#MUFC Girl♡ (@reshmikasingh) 29 April 2018
Give Fellaini a new contract… whatever he wants.. give it to him!
— Stanley Chow (@stan_chow) 29 April 2018