Marouane Fellaini has re-signed with Manchester United following speculation the Belgian midfielder would join Arsenal. Fellaini had been out of contract with the Red Devils, however, manager Jose Mourinho made re-signing the player one of his most important tasks this summer.
Marouane Fellaini does Arsenal U-turn and signs new Manchester United contract
Fellaini has played a big role in Roberto Martinez’s Belgian national team at the World Cup. His performances in Russia along with Mourinho’s desire to bring Fellaini back to Old Trafford were driving forces in his new two-year contract.
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,” Fellaini said in a statement. “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 season ahead.”
Fellaini’s new contract will run until 2020. Although financial details of the contract have not been released, it is believed Fellaini was able to get the salary increase he had desired. Last season, Fellaini earned £80,000 per week at Old Trafford. Fellaini had sought a salary of £125,000 per week during negotiations.
A number of teams had been interested in signing Fellaini including AC Milan, Fenerbahce, and Arsenal. Ahead of the World Cup’s kickoff, Arsenal had looked most likely to sign Fellaini. It was even reported Gunners’ manager Unai Emery had met with the player.