Marouane Fellaini 'Cannot Tell You' If He Will Stay at Manchester United

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist IDecember 27, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 05: Marouane Fellaini of Manchester United during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on November 5, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has said he has been offered a new contract by the Red Devils but "cannot tell you" if he will accept the deal to stay at Old Trafford. 

The Belgian's current deal expires at the end of the season, and the Belgium international does not know if he will remain with Jose Mourinho's side.

Per HUMO (h/t Richard Cooke at Sky Sports) he said: "Honestly, I do not know.I have something in my head but I cannot tell you. This is my tenth season in England. Except for the very first at Manchester, I only knew good times. 

"I'm still here. If Manchester did not want me anymore, they would have said that for a long time. They made a proposal, probably one will follow. Whether I will accept it I do not know. You cannot arrange something like that in a jiffy."

Fellaini is not a regular at United under Mourinho, but he is effective when he does feature, as shown by WhoScored.com:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Manchester United have dropped points just the once in the 9 games Marouane Fellaini has featured in in the Premier League this season They've done so on 6 of 11 occasions he hasn't played this term Full player stats -- https://t.co/DjadVb5tyY https://t.co/xPDsEIBkNl

Per Cooke, Fellaini also revealed he has discussed his future with Mourinho: "We talked about it. The coach is someone who respects the decisions of his players."

Although Fellaini has started just three times in the Premier League this season, United would still be loath to see him walk away for free when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.

Samuel Luckhurst at the Manchester Evening News said Fellaini could be one of several players to leave Old Trafford next year:

Samuel Luckhurst @samuelluckhurst

Could - and should - be significant player turnover at United in the summer. Fellaini, Carrick and Ibrahimovic could leave. Blind, Darmian and Mkhitaryan may go, too. Mourinho, for all his faults, does need more backing. #mufc

Fellaini is sidelined with a knee injury and is expected to be out until January, according to Mark Critchley at The Independent.

Besiktas and Galatasaray have both shown an interest in Fellaini, although Mourinho does not want to lose the 30-year-old, per Emre Sarigul at Turkish Football:

Turkish Football @Turkish_Futbol1

LATEST: Fellaini's representatives have held several rounds of talks with Beşiktaş & Galatasaray. Four-year deal, €4-5m per-season are the numbers were talking. Would have been a done deal but #MUFC boss Mourinho is throwing a spanner in the works. Does NOT want to lose him

Fellaini's reluctance to sign a new deal is understandable. At 30, this may be his last big contract, and he may also be seeking assurances over his playing time.