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New Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has admitted that he “jumped at the chance” to link up with David Moyes again and make the move to Old Trafford, Sky Sports reports.
The deal was announced at 2am on Tuesday morning, three hours after the transfer window had officially closed, that the Belgian international had sealed his switch to Old Trafford for £27.5m.
He will now link up with his former manager at Everton David Moyes, who first brought the player to England in 2008 for £15m from Standard Liege.
“I have worked with Marouane for five years and I’m delighted he has decided to join Manchester United,” said Moyes.
“He is a player with great ability and strength and I think he will make a real difference to our squad.”
The 25-year-old had a £23.5m release clause in his contract at Goodison Park until July 31st, but Moyes failed to take advantage of that and has now ended up paying £4 million more for his services.
Fellaini bagged 12 goals for Everton last year, and Moyes will be hoping that he will be able to continue that vein of form as United’s highest scoring midfielder last season was Shiji Kagawa with just six, and Fellaini has spoke of his delight at being able to link up with Moyes once again.
“I am thrilled to sign for Manchester United,” he said.
“I have known the manager for many years now and I have a lot of respect for his way of working.
“When I was given the opportunity to work with him again, I jumped at the chance.
“I had a fantastic time at Everton and I’d like to thank all the fans and staff there for everything they have done for me.
“But being a Manchester United player is something that every player dreams of and I believe that I can make a real contribution to the team’s efforts to win trophies in the future.”