Romelu Lukaku: Marouane Fellaini is very important for Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Romelu Lukaku has emphasised the importance of Marouane Fellaini‘s physical prowess to Manchester United’s attacking setup under Jose Mourinho.

The Belgian’s future has been up in the air for some time, with Jose Mourinho noting last month that he expected his player to renew his contract at Man United.

But with the arrival of Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred imminent and no apparent progress in talks with Fellaini, it is looking growingly likely that the 30-year-ol will find a new club in the summer.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Lukaku weighed in on the Fellaini situation, stressing that he was viewed as an important member of the squad.

Fellaini’s head will now be firmly on the World Cup and certainly not on negotiations with United, which have failed to engender any progress since the first contract offer was tabled in September. For there to be a sudden change now would be extremely surprising.

Mourinho has always stressed his desire to deep the Belgian, whose physical stature he deems extremely useful, but recent interest in West Ham’s Marco Arnautovic and Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic – both players who base their game largest around muscle and height – suggests even the 55-year-old is resigned to loosing his favourite fuzzy haired midfielder.

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