Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho fears that he may lose the services of Marouane Fellaini next summer, as the player heads into the final six months of his contract at Old Trafford.
According to Goal it was reported that the Belgian midfielder had previously rejected new contract talks, thus adding fuel to the fire of his exit.
Mourinho has recently expressed that Fellaini’s future is out of his managerial hands, as he told reporters,
“Yeah, I am [concerned Fellaini could leave]. It is a discussion between the player and the board.
“Discussions are under [the board’s] control. So I just wait, wishing that they will have an understanding but it’s out of my control.”
The Belgian has shown his importance to the club when called upon, which is why Mourinho is reluctant to let one of his loyal servicemen walk for free.
Fellaini arrived at Old Trafford in 2013 under the David Moyes regime, and has increasingly become one of the most vital players under Mourinho’s reign. Fellaini has featured in 11 games in all competitions for United and his boss was seen waxing lyrical about the player’s importance.
“I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn’t matter if it’s on the pitch or on the bench. If his conditions are improved, he will be selected, I need him.”
“He’s an important player for me – a lot more important than you can imagine,” he said.
Its not just his renowned afro that will be sorely missed at Old Trafford. The Belgian’s steely resolve is a vital component that fits the mould in a tenacious Mourinho squad.