Jose Mourinho has triggered the one-year option on Marouane Fellaini’s contact at Old Trafford, retaining the midfielder with the club until the summer of 2018.
The news emerged after Fellaini’s late goal and emotional celebration as United defeated Hull City in the semi-final of the EFL cup on Tuesday.
Fellaini signed a four year contract when he moved from Everton in 2013 in a deal worth £27.5million, but United had an option to activate the final 12 months of the deal.
Manchester United coach, Jose Mourinho has activated the option despite previous uncertainty over the Belgian’s future.
He exercised the right at a time when Fellaini was weighing the possibility of moving to Italy as well as considering offers from China.
It is believed that Fellaini is very happy working under Jose Mourinho and would grab the opportunity of staying longer at Old Trafford if it is given. Also, the extension will also ensure that United will receive a transfer fee if the Belgian is sold at the end of the season.
Fellaini was booed by United fans last month but Juan Mata believes he has turned around his turbulent career at Old Trafford following the reaction to his late goal against Hull City.
A month after United fans booed him against Tottenham at Old Trafford, they were singing his name on Tuesday night as he raced to embrace Mourinho after scoring a late header.
“I am very happy for Fellaini because he has had difficult moments ever since he joined United”. Mata said.
“It is not pleasant when you play in your own stadium and your supporters are against you but things are different now”.
“The Fans were singing his name today; this is good for his confidence”.
Mourinho spoke about Marouane Fellaini after Tuesday’s victory. He said “He has a very strong mentality; he knows he’s very important to me”.