Marouane Fellaini set to end five-and-a-half-year spell at Manchester United

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Marouane Fellaini has opened talks over a multi-million pound move from Manchester United to China.

The Belgium international midfielder arrived at United’s Aon Training Centre at lunchtime on Tuesday to discuss his departure and Sportsmail’s exclusive photos showed him being driven to the complex in a Range Rover.


The Chinese are understood to have sent a delegation over to arrange the final details with United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward, though time is on their side with the Chinese Super League window open until February 28. 

Marouane Fellaini will be allowed to leave Manchester United after falling down pecking order

Marouane Fellaini will be allowed to leave Manchester United after falling down pecking order

Fellaini (right) was driven into Carrington on Tuesday as shown in our exclusive photo

Fellaini (right) was driven into Carrington on Tuesday as shown in our exclusive photo

Fellaini (right) was driven into Carrington on Tuesday as shown in our exclusive photo

Fellaini visited Move to Cure in Antwerp on Monday as he continues to recover from an injury

Fellaini visited Move to Cure in Antwerp on Monday as he continues to recover from an injury

Fellaini visited Move to Cure in Antwerp on Monday as he continues to recover from an injury

Jose Mourinho was a big admirer of Fellaini so his sacking opened the door to an exit

Jose Mourinho was a big admirer of Fellaini so his sacking opened the door to an exit

Jose Mourinho was a big admirer of Fellaini so his sacking opened the door to an exit

Mourinho threw a rack of water bottles  after Fellaini netted a late winner against Young Boys

Mourinho threw a rack of water bottles  after Fellaini netted a late winner against Young Boys

Mourinho threw a rack of water bottles after Fellaini netted a late winner against Young Boys

MAROUANE FELLAINI’S MAN UNITED STATS 

Games played: 177 

Games started: 106 

Minutes played: 10,446

Goals: 22 

Assists:

Yellow cards: 30 

Red cards:

Win percentage: 54.2% 

United sources have also confirmed that the Belgian is in talks with a Chinese club. 

Fellaini was a big favourite of Jose Mourinho but has played just 31 minutes under new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, coming on as a substitute in the wins over Cardiff and Reading.

United’s squad were staying at the Hilton Garden Inn at Lancashire’s cricket ground on Tuesday ahead of their Premier League clash with Burnley.

Fellaini is not part of the squad as he is currently out injured for three weeks after damaging a calf muscle. 

He visited Move to Cure in Antwerp on Monday before returning to Manchester. 

Regardless, Fellaini recognises that, despite United still pursuing the FA Cup and a Champions League campaign, he will have limited game time under Solskjaer who has preferred to utilise the quicker players at his disposal. Solskjaer has also put a halt to Scott McTominay going out on loan to maintain cover.

The Chinese Super League clubs have courted Fellaini for a number of years and Guangzhou Evergrande had shown an interest last month. However, Sportsmail understands the deal being discussed is with another club.

Fellaini, who was signed for United by David Moyes from Everton for £27m, has often struggled to win over the Old Trafford crowd with his ungainly style but managed to score some important goals under Mourinho. 

Indeed, the Portuguese coach pushed hard to get Fellaini the new two year contract he signed last summer, worth around £140,000 a week. He has managed 21 appearances this season and scored twice.

Fellaini has seen Belgian team-mate Mousa Dembele join Guangzhou R and F in recent weeks and heard mixed reports from Axel Witsel and Yannick Carrasco who is looking to leave Dalian Yifang and return to Europe.

However, Fellaini has always been open to trying a new experience and is ready to go to China and end his five year spell with United. 

Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic, Ander Herrera, Fred, Andreas Pereira and McTominay all appear to be ahead of Fellaini in the pecking order after Solskjaer took over the reins from Mourinho.

Fellaini had a big admirer in Mourinho as the former Everton man was seen as the ideal Plan B option when United were struggling to score.  

Fellaini made his first Man United appearance against Crystal Palace in September 2013

Fellaini made his first Man United appearance against Crystal Palace in September 2013

Fellaini made his first Man United appearance against Crystal Palace in September 2013

The 6ft 4in midfielder poses with the Manchester United shirt after joining the club in 2013

The 6ft 4in midfielder poses with the Manchester United shirt after joining the club in 2013

The 6ft 4in midfielder poses with the Manchester United shirt after joining the club in 2013

Fellaini holds up the No 31 shirt after sealing a reunion with ex-Everton boss David Moyes

Fellaini holds up the No 31 shirt after sealing a reunion with ex-Everton boss David Moyes

Fellaini holds up the No 31 shirt after sealing a reunion with ex-Everton boss David Moyes

MAROUANE FELLAINI TROPHIES AT UNITED 

FA Cup: 2015–16

EFL Cup: 2016–17

UEFA Europa League: 2016–17

Community Shield: 2016

The Portuguese said in June 2018 after Fellaini signed a new deal: ‘I am very happy Marouane is staying with us. I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.’

And Fellaini stated on penning a deal until 2020: ‘I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,’ he said. ‘I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.

‘I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me. My focus now is on the World Cup and I am looking forward to a successful season ahead.’

Fellaini is one of a few United players who remained in Mourinho’s corner after he lost the dressing room during his final few months of his time at Old Trafford. 

The towering midfielder netted two goals this season with his first coming in United’s Carabao Cup defeat by Derby and his second being a crucial last-minute winner against Young Boys in the Champions League. 

Fellaini was booed by United fans after he gave away a last-minute penalty against Everton

Fellaini was booed by United fans after he gave away a last-minute penalty against Everton

Fellaini was booed by United fans after he gave away a last-minute penalty against Everton

United fans vented their frustrations when Fellaini replaced Ander Herrera at Old Trafford

United fans vented their frustrations when Fellaini replaced Ander Herrera at Old Trafford

United fans vented their frustrations when Fellaini replaced Ander Herrera at Old Trafford

United fans booed Fellaini after he came off the bench for the final minute of his side’s 1-0 win over Tottenham at Old Trafford in December 2016. 

The home supporters displayed their anger towards the midfielder after he conceded a late penalty against Everton at Goodison Park in the final minute of their 1-1 draw a week before. 

Fellaini will be remembered as United’s first signing under David Moyes in what proved to be a frantic summer for the club. 

After losing both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill, the Red Devils struggled in the transfer market with Ed Woodward and Moyes failing to land their top targets. 

Toni Kroos, Cesc Fabregas and Leighton Baines were just a few of the players United tried to sign. 

Fellaini ended up being United’s sole summer signing in a season which the club finished seventh and Moyes was sacked after just 10 months in charge. 

Moyes previously broke Everton’s transfer record to bring Fellaini to Goodison Park for £15m from Standard Liege in September 2008. 

 



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