Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is now expected to leave Manchester United on a free transfer at the end of the season.
The 30-year-old’s contract at the club expires at the end of the season, and with no possibility of triggering a one-year extension in that deal, Man United have been left with no option but to offer Fellaini new terms.
The Mirror report, though, that United have done that too late, and left Fellaini with a desire to leave the club rather than extend his five-year spell at Old Trafford.
Fellaini was left frustrated by United not approaching him with a new deal sooner, and the club are now preparing themselves for his departure at the end of the season.
He’s currently out for at least another month with a serious knee injury that has kept him out of regular action since January, having already missed the whole of December through injury.
Once scapegoated and heavily criticised by United fans and pundits alike, Fellaini has improved at United and won round said critics with great determination, becoming a less unreliable player having once been a liability in the side.
Fellaini has clubs interested in Turkey, Spain and Italy, with Galatasaray heavily linked in the last three months.
Manager Jose Mourinho has been desperate to keep his midfielder, who he has shown great faith in at times, and sad as such to reporters earlier this season, but his comments a month ago that all parties involved were keen for a new contract to be agreed seem misguided with United officials accepting Fellaini’s time at the club is up.
While that means Mourinho will need to look for a new midfielder in the transfer window, it’s likely the Portuguese will make his frustrations clear to the board about the inability to tie Fellaini down to a new deal.