Fellaini Keen on United Stay but Wants More Than One-Year Contract

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Belgium international Marouane Fellaini, 30, is back in talks with Manchester United over a new deal, just when it seemed his future lay elsewhere.

ESPN reports the club offered the midfielder a one-year extension, but he is keen for a long deal, like the one signed by Antonio Valencia, 31, last year.

However, United implemented the same policy that brought Arsenal criticism a decade ago: The Red Devils only offer one-year deals to players over 30 years of age.

Jose Mourinho told the media last week the two parties were close to an agreement and despite using the Belgian sparingly, is keen for him to stay. Despite this reduced role, his effectiveness was underlined with the last-minute winner over Arsenal on Sunday.

It was a goal which kept the club’s extraordinary record of never losing a Premier League game at Old Trafford when they led at half-time.

If he doesn’t stay at the former Premier League champions, Fellaini’s representatives claim there is genuine interest from clubs in China, France, Italy, and Turkey.

With Michael Carrick joining the coaching staff at Old Trafford, Mourinho is keen to avoid needing to replace two midfielders this summer. The Portuguese wants to focus funds on strengthening his defence with two centre-backs and two full-backs.