Manchester United agree deal for Arsenal-linked midfielder

Manchester United confirm they have agreed a new deal for midfielder Marouane Fellaini. The Belgian international looked on his way out of Old Trafford this summer after rebuffing the club’s efforts to extend his contract, leading to interest from Arsenal, but he was convinced to stay in Manchester by manager Jose Mourinho.

Signed from Everton in 2013, the 30-year-old has gone on to make 156 appearances, scoring and creating 30 goals in all competitions. Fellaini has won a Europa League title, one FA Cup and one League Cup since his move to United and is determined to help them to further success. It’s now unlikely another central midfielder will be signed as a result of Fellaini staying.

The Red Devils have new-boy Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk, Fellaini, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera and Scott McTominay for options in the engine room so Mourinho may be content with what he’s got ahead of next season. Arsenal were linked with Fellaini this summer but will now likely turn their attentions elsewhere.

The Belgian was used sparingly last season, making five Premier League starts, but he may have been given more assurances from his manager that he’ll play a more important role in 2018/19.

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