Thibaut Courtois reacts to latest Man United deal

Thibaut Courtois issues his backing for Marouane Fellaini after the midfielder signed a new Man United deal

Marouane Fellaini
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini Photo: The Sport Review

Thibaut Courtois has issued his backing for Marouane Fellaini after Manchester United announced a contract extension for the Belgian midfielder.

Fellaini’s future had been a constant source of speculation over the last few months because his previous deal was set to expire this summer.

However, the 30-year-old has opted to stay at Old Trafford and the Red Devils announced that he had agreed a new two-year deal, with the option for a further year, last week.

Fellaini is currently on World Cup duty with Courtois in Russia, and the Chelsea FC goalkeeper has talked up the important role the Manchester United midfielder plays.

Speaking after Belgium’s win over England, Courtois said at a news conference: “Well I think Marouane is a player that often is criticised by a lot of fans, but I think he’s a very useful player.

“You can always kick a long ball to him, he’s strong, he can keep the ball.

“I think yesterday showed he can dribble, he passed some defenders as well. I think he’s a very useful player.

“I don’t say you will need him every game, I think managers decide, obviously, it depends on what of opponent they face, but I think he’s a very good to have in your team.

“I said when we played, for example, against Manchester [United] this year and we were winning 1-0, he came on, I didn’t like seeing him on the pitch because I knew they would put balls into the box, and he will have a header or he will deflect the ball to another guy.”

Courtois and Fellaini both helped Belgium claim a 1-0 win over England at the World Cup in Russia on Thursday night as they finished top of the group.

Manchester United will be looking to challenge for the Premier League title next season as the Red Devils aim to try and lift the trophy for the first time since 2013.

The Red Devils have not won the Premier League since their famous triumph under Sir Alex Ferguson back in 2013, and they finished in second place and without a trophy last season.

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