Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has refused to rule out the possibility of midfielder Maurouane Fellaini leaving the club at the expiration of his current contract, report M.E.N.
The 30-year-old versatile Belgian midfielder is in the final year of his current contract with the Red Devils but he has stalled over signing a new deal. Fellaini was offered a contract extension deal back in September but he rebuffed the offers.
United stand the risk of losing the player on a free transfer next summer unless he is sold in the January transfer window of 2018.
Jose Mourinho had underlined the importance of Fellaini to his squad, with claims that the player is not for sale. Nonetheless, United may be forced to cash in on the star in January. He has been linked with a move to various clubs including Arsenal.
Fellaini was signed for Manchester United by David Moyes in the summer of 2013 in a £27.5m deal and he was a first teamer at that time. Since the appointment of Jose Mourinho, the Belgian stalwart has seen his stock fallen as he predominantly plays second fiddle to Paul Pogba.
Mourinho was quizzed on the possibility of the player leaving and he claims that he is worried.
“Yeah,” It is a discussion between the player and the board. I’m not involved in contracts and deals, and I respect both.
“I respect the player because he has the right, has the right to decide his future, and I respect the board because the decisions and the discussions are under control.
“So I just wait wishing they will have an understanding but it’s out of my control.”