Sunday 21 October 2018

AC Milan chief makes a claim over Marouane Fellaini's future amid contract speculation

Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli has claimed his club are confident of signing Mancnester United’s Maroaune Fellaini, after suggesting the Belgian midfielder has rejected a new contract offer from the Old Trarfford club.

United manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants Fellaini to remain at United, even though his contract is due to expire in the next few weeks and he has yet to commit his future to the Red Devils.

Mourinho’s eagerness to keep Fellaini has not been welcomed by all sections of the United fan base, with his combative and somewhat cumbersome approach viewed by some as evidence of a decline in standards at the club in recent years.

Yet Mourinho confirmed he still has huge faith in Fellaini’s talents and even suggested one of the primary reasons his side lost last Saturday’s FA Cup final against Chelsea was due to the absence of Romelu Lukaku and Fellaini from his starting line-up.

United are believed to have offered Fellaini a new three-year contract, but AC Milan chief Mirabelli seems convinced he the 30-year-old will leave United this summer.

"He’s high profile and we want players of his calibre, but it’s going to be hard to get him, even though we know he’s not renewing his contract with Manchester," Mirabelli told Sky Sport Italia. "We are going to do something in that position, but we are keeping the cards close to our chest.

"We’re going to strengthen our squad and raise the bar because we’ve only reached our minimum objective. We had a great second half of the season and maybe we could have challenged for more, but this is something to build on."

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