Manchester United will ignore a club policy which states that players over the age of 30 can only receive rolling one year contracts to keep Marouane Fellaini beyond this season, according to reports.
The 29-year-old has been a crucial presence under Jose Mourinho during the early stages of the 2017/18 campaign, bringing power and attacking impetus to the middle in Paul Pogba’s absence.
Contract talks with the Belgian, who has been linked with a variety of Turkish clubs, have been underway since the summer but the club and his representatives are yet to strike a deal that satisfies the midfielder.
And according to The Sun‘s Phil Thomas, the club, having handed Fellaini a one year extension back in January, will offer the Belgian, who turns 30 in a few weeks, an improved package following a superb year at Old Trafford.
Fellaini finds himself at a pivotal point in his career. Entering your thirties as a player marks the beginning of a new kind of era – a time characterised by shifting away from abilities once deemed vital – central to your success – and towards more refined, calculated ways of going about one’s game.
And the Belgian, in turn, has a choice to make: continue to fight at the highest level under a manager who admires him, or test himself elsewhere?