MANCHESTER — Manchester United have confirmed that midfield Marouane Fellaini has signed a new contract with the club, ending speculations about where he would play next season.
Fellaini, who was out of contract this summer, was linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of the summer, but decided to sign a contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020 with the option of a further year.
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player. I made this decision because I am very happy here,” the midfielder told the club official website at www.manutd.com.
“Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.
“I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.
“My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.”
Fellaini has made 156 appearances since signing for Manchester United in 2013 and has scored 20 goals.
Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho admits that the 30-year-old is a player he trusts and he’s happy the Belgian has decided to continue his career at Old Trafford.
“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us,” Mourinho said.
“I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”
Fellaini has so far won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, UEFA Europa League and Community Shield since joining from fellow English Premier League side Everton.
Meanwhile, former Manchester United captain and right-back Gary Neville has backed Mourinho’s push to keep faith in Fellaini, as he believes the big midfielder offers a unique option as a squad player.
Fellaini is currently with Belgium at the 2018 FIFA World Cup where he is preparing for the knockout round of the tournament against Japan.