Marouane Fellaini has said that the lure of playing Champions League football with Manchester United was the driving force behind his desire to leave Everton.
The 25-year-old spent five years at Everton having arrived in a £15m deal from Standard Liege and established himself as one of the Premier League’s best midfielders in the 2012/13 season.
But he explained to Sky Sports News that he knew his time at Everton was up because he wanted to play football in Europe’s toughest competition.
“I know Everton wanted to keep me but I played with them for five years and it was time to leave,” he said.
“I want to thank Everton for supporting me but it’s a new story for me now. I want to win the trophy, play Champions League and with United I can do that.”
Fellaini completed his deal in the dying moments of transfer deadline day and wasn’t officially unveiled as a United player until 2am on Friday, something Fellaini admitted was a busy and tiring affair.
He added: “It was last minute, last second. It was difficult but now I’m happy and now I concentrate for Friday.
“It was busy but now I’m here I can rest. I don’t have the press and I’m happy to be here. Football is like this. The transfer window is like this. The most important thing is I am here. It’s OK now.”
Fellaini is currently away on international duty with Belgium but he will join up with David Moyes ahead of United’s fixture against Crystal Palace on 14 September.
United fans can’t wait to see if Fellaini can translate his Everton form from last season at Old Trafford and bring some much needed physicality and power into a midfield that has been the weakest part of the team for years.