Ali Naibi confirms Besiktas aren’t interested in signing Marouane Fellaini

by Leo Nieboer

Besiktas’ director of sport Ali Naibi has denied reports suggesting the Turkish side was lining up a bid for Marouane Fellaini.

The Belgian had been erroneously linked with a move to Galatasaray over the summer and negotiations over renewing his contract, which expires in June, are still in progress.

Besiktas official Metin Albayrak sparked further speculation over Fellaini’s future earlier this week by claiming that the club had pin-pointed the midfielder as a summer target.

But Naibi, speaking to Calico Mercato, made it clear that no such interest in Fellaini existed.

“Reports in England claim we are interested in Fellaini because his brother has come to watch a couple of our games but I must be honest and say there is nothing concrete,” he said.

“We are not in talks with the player nor with Manchester United.”

Despite reports of Besiktas’ interest turning out to be false, Fellaini’s precarious situation hasn’t changed.

There is still talk of a move to Turkey and the Belgian can speak with other clubs in January – something Mourinho will desperately want to avoid. The fact that his contract expires following the 2017/18 campaign, along with his sudden importance to United’s midfield set-up, makes his negotiating position strong.

Losing Fellaini next summer would serve as a detriment to the mettle of this Mourinho side, and supporters will just hope the club can tie up a new deal with the midfielder over the next month.


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