Jose Mourinho has emphatically ruled out the prospect of Romelu Lukaku joining Galatasaray this summer, noting that the midfielder was too important to lose.
Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun recently confirmed that talks with the 29-year-old were underway, noting that a deal worth £4m a year was “close”.
Reports have also claimed that President Dursun Ozbek will travel to Manchester on Tuesday to meet with Fellaini’s representatives over the transfer fee.
But he may as well unpack his bags and cancel his hotel booking after the Portuguese, in no uncertain terms, ruled out the transfer.
“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. He is too important to me. No chance.”
This is a gesture of faith in Fellaini that will, no doubt, anger a large portion of Man United supporters still averse to seeing the Belgian in their side’s line-up, but it emphatically underlines Mourinho’s appreciation of the midfielder’s work rate and his role going forward.
He clearly saw something in Fellaini soon after that cameo at Goodison Park and has used him since as an effective battering ram, disrupting momentum and winning the ball back, whilst also contributing with the occasional header that the 29-year-old could score.
And it looks as if supporters, for better or worse, will be seeing more of the same next year.