Maroune Fellaini grateful to Mourinho for New Contract

Manchester United have confirmed that Marouane Fellaini has signed a new two-year contract, committing himself to the club until 2020.

The deal, worth in excess of £100,000-a-week, includes an option for a further 12 months which must be agreed by both parties.

Fellaini, who played in Belgium’s win over England at the World Cup on Thursday night, looked set to leave after five years at Old Trafford but accepted an improved offer from the club.

Manager Jose Mourinho urged United to do all they could to keep Fellaini, and the 30-year-old claimed that his manager’s support was a key factor in him deciding to stay.

‘I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,’ he said. ‘I made this decision because I am very happy here. 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

Fellaini, a £27.5million signing from Everton in 2013, had been linked with Arsenal, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain as well a number of clubs in Turkey, China and Holland.

But Mourinho was delighted to hear that the former Standard Liege player is staying to give United more midfield options after they signed Brazil star Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk.

‘I am very happy Marouane is staying with us,’ said the United boss. ‘I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.’

Fellaini has scored 20 goals in 156 appearances for United.

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