Without the contract extension, Fellaini would have entered the final year of his Man United deal this summer meaning he would have been free to talk to other clubs. This extension protects United and stops that from happening.
But more so than that, it’s Jose Mourinho following up his kind words about Fellaini with genuine action. You could tell from Fellaini’s bearhug celebration with Mourinho after his goal against Hull City on Tuesday that there was real affection from the Belgian towards United’s boss for trusting him. It seems that mutual trust has led to an extension for Fellaini.
Football's strangest love story. pic.twitter.com/dJwtp5CvZo
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) January 10, 2017
Looking at this extension from a cynic’s perspective, United could simply be protecting their asset to ensure he cannot speak to other club’s this summer with the intention of selling him a little bit further down the line.
Alternatively, it could mean Fellaini is going to be at the club longer than the majority of us had hoped. He’s just not United quality and no amount of games will change that but he’s disciplined, he does any job tasked of him and for a disciplinarian like Mourinho, it’s a player he likes.
Man United extend Marouane Fellaini's contract by 12 months https://t.co/Gd9zBsDECM
— Mark Ogden (@MarkOgden_) January 11, 2017
I’ve always stood by the notion that if Fellaini is used correctly then he can be an asset of sorts, like he was against Hull. Mourinho just needs to make sure he gets rid of the notion that starting Fellaini in any game is a good idea.