- Fellaini is reportedly set to leave Man Utd in January to join Besiktas
- United will sell for £8m with his contract set to expire next summer
- Shakhtar’s Fred lined up as possible replacement by Mourinho
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Despite establishing himself as a key figure under Jose Mourinho since his appointment at Man Utd, reports claim Marouane Fellaini could be leaving.
The 29-year-old struggled to make a positive impression on United supporters following his switch from Everton in 2013, but was given a fresh start by Mourinho last season.
In turn, that resulted in him making 47 appearances in all competitions last year, while he began the season in fine form as he scored four goals in just eight games before suffering a knee injury.
Mourinho once again singled him out for praise after the Chelsea defeat prior to the international break, as per the club’s official site, in another public showing of admiration for Fellaini who has impressed.
However, a significant problem has existed for some time now, and that is the fact that the Belgian international will see his current contract expire next summer and there has been no indication as of yet of positive developments.
To make matters worse, The Mirror report that Fellaini could be set to leave in January with an £8m move to Besiktas being touted, and so it looks as though despite proving to be an important part of the squad, the Belgian midfielder is set to move on in the New Year as opposed to leaving on a free transfer in seven months time.
Further, it’s added in the report that Shakhtar Donetsk ace Fred is being lined up as a possible replacement, with the 24-year-old able to fill the same role having been a regular for the Ukrainian giants with 118 appearances to his name since joining them in 2013, while he has six caps for Brazil.
It will be a shock to see Fellaini leave in January if he does indeed secure an exit for Turkey. Having been so highly valued by Mourinho in a good situation for the player himself at a European giant contending for major trophies with an important role to play, it seems a strange scenario for the two parties to go their separate ways.