Fellaini Opts for Italy, Drops Turkish Dream

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Marouane Fellaini is heading to Serie A instead of Turkey this summer, according to Daily Mail reports.

The 30-year-old midfielder leaves Manchester United when his contract expires in June, with Roma heading the list of suitors, with Galatasaray and Besiktas trailing in their wake.

Fellaini also held talks with Monaco who are set for another summer reshaping of their squad, with Paris St-Germain previously reported as offering the Belgium international a £4m per year deal.

After talks with Roma, Fellaini made it known he preferred Serie A as his destination, bringing to a close his five-year stint in English football.

Fellaini followed David Moyes down the M62 from Goodison Park to Old Trafford following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement as United boss. While he thrived under Moyes and his successor Louis Van Gaal, it was only in Jose Mourinho’s first year in charge that Fellaini found himself valued in the Portuguese’s squad.

This season, injury and Mourinho’s wayward team selection meant Fellaini made just 19 appearances, scoring four times and creating one assist. That hasn’t stopped his inclusion in Roberto Martinez’s Belgium squads throughout the campaign and it will be something of a surprise if Fellaini doesn’t make the trip to the World Cup finals.