Manchester United are yet to make a breakthrough in contract negotiations with Marouane Fellaini, according to the BBC‘s Sid Stoney.
Jose Mourinho emphasised last month that he, along with those within the club’s hierarchy, wanted the Belgian to stay and insisted he was “close” to a new contract.
Fellaini has since alienated supporters by saying he was in a “strong” negotiating position and talk of a move to AC Milan, who have reportedly offered him a three year deal, has intensified over the last week.
And according to Stoney, no real progress has been made with Fellaini over a new deal with the World Cup starting in just three weeks.
No update re Marouane Fellaini situation at Man Utd. Offer still on table. Still no decision. Obviously as time goes on chances receding he will stay.
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 24, 2018
The determination of United, and specifically Mourinho, to keep Fellaini at the club is nothing short of staggering, and makes no sense to supporters who have long since grown tired of the fuzzy haired 30-year-old ambling through the midfield.
A new deal has been on the table since September. Almost nine months. And Fellaini, each time, has asked for more money and then publicly held the club to ransom. This three week period before the World Cup starts is so crucial and United simply cannot afford to be wasting it on Fellaini for another second.