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Marouane Fellaini Says Manchester United Made Mistake With Him Last Summer

Marouane Fellaini Says Manchester United Made Mistake With Him Last Summer

Though at times the sound emanating from the crowd at Old Trafford would have led you to question how appreciated Marouane Fellaini is at Manchester United, the Belgian says management want him to remain at the club.

His contract due to run out at the end of the season, Fellaini is in negotiations to linger another couple of years in the north of England.

"The entire staff is doing everything they can to make me stay," Fellaini told Sport/Foot Magazine.

"Now I am in a strong position, especially since Mourinho has stated that he wants to keep me."

The midfielder added that the club made a mistake in not offering him a new contract last year.

"Last year I went to the coach and I said that I wanted a new contract. I then had a second meeting, but I will not ask it 10 times.

"Afterwards I became important for the team. And a good player costs at least 50m Euros. The club knows that they went wrong there."

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If it came to it, Fellaini would have no problem moving outside Europe.

I would not have a problem with life in China. I love to discover other places and other cultures. And I will not go there alone. If I go, it's with the family.

I am now 30-years-old, end of contract and negotiating with Manchester United. There are several clubs that show interest. I'm waiting for what's going to happen.

Asked how he felt about supporters occasionally voicing their displeasure regarding his presence on the pitch, he felt that aspect of his time at Old Trafford has received more ink than it deserves.

"It’s happened once," said Fellaini.

"Everyone exaggerates when it comes to this. It was against Tottenham when I came on, a week after I gave away a penalty against Everton.

"In the end, I know one thing, and the fans do too: I’ve played an important role in all the trophies the club has won in recent years."

He was also asked about the criticism he has received from analysts and, in particular, Jamie Carragher. His answer was spiky.

"How can someone like Jamie Carragher dare to question me? The guy spat from his car on a girl after a Manchester-Liverpool match.

"You know, critics help you progress, you end up working more, you want to show them they are wrong."

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