Jose Mourinho tells Man United to hand 29-year-old ‘big-time extension’ – report

The Manchester United manager wants Marouane Fellaini to get a new lucrative long-term contract, according to reports

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini Photo: The Sport Review

Manchester United are ready to hand Marouane Fellaini a new contract on Jose Mourinho’s say-so, according to reports in Italy.

Italian website Transfer Market Web is reporting that the Red Devils are finalising a new deal for the 29-year-old versatile midfielder.

The same article states that Manchester United are prepared to give the Belgium international a “big-time extension” following his brilliant start to the season.

Fellaini has scored three goals in five appearances in the Premier League this season to help the Red Devils keep pace with title favourites Manchester City.

The former Everton midfielder scored twice in Manchester United’s 4-0 victory over Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last weekend.

Fellaini has also scored in the Champions League following his header to make the breakthrough in the first half of their 3-0 win against Swiss giants Basel.

The versatile Belgian midfielder was signed in a £27m deal from Everton in the 2013 summer transfer window after David Moyes took over the reins from Sir Alex Ferguson at Old Trafford.

Fellaini was a figure of ridicule under Moyes and his successor Louis van Gaal but Mourinho has transformed the defensive midfielder into an important weapon for the Red Devils.

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