Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has reportedly told the club he wants a longer contract extension than the club is currently offering.
Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the season and appeared to be on the verge of leaving, as per the Metro, the club in search of more regular first-team football – a common complaint of late, if you believe everything you read.
However, after scoring the winning goal in Sunday’s victory over Arsenal, both Fellaini and manager Jose Mourinho hinted that the Belgian will still be at the club next season.
ESPN FC reports that the 30-year-old is keen to remain at Old Trafford despite having previously turned down offers of a new contract because he is reluctant to sign a 12-month extension.
From the club’s perspective, it is a risk to reward a player above the age of 30 a contract over the age of 30, but they offered Antonio Valencia a two-year extension in 2017 when the Ecuador international was 31-years-old.
Fellaini is far from a fans’ favourite but Mourinho’s admiration for the Belgian is no secret. He’s not the greatest midfielder to play for United but he has provided some top moments in a Red shirt, and long may those continue should a contract renewal be signed.