By Dave Marshall
News broke out yesterday that Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini is close to an exit from Manchester United as he has reportedly agreed personal terms with Turkish giants, Galatasaray.
The Big Belgian, who has divided attention since his big money move to United under the ill-fated David Moyes era, is a personal favourite of manager, Jose Mourinho, but knows that the impending arrival of Chelsea midfielder, Nemanja Matic will further push him down the pecking order. Ahead of a World Cup year, Fellaini knows that he needs regular playing time if he wants to make the star-studded Belgium squad for next year’s mundial in Russia.
Galatasaray sporting director, Cenk Ergun confirmed the club’s interest in signing Fellaini, and it is suggested that all that remains is the agreement of a transfer fee as personal terms have already been agreed.
Fellaini is highly regarded by Jose Mourinho, who stood by him following a difficult start to the season by the former Everton man. The frilly haired midfielder has never quite warmed himself to Manchester United fans, who view him as proof that the club declined under Scottish manager, David Moyes.
Below are some of the best reactions from the fans about his impending move to the Turkish Super Lig.
@Fellaini pls don't go. I truly believe u can become one of our best players here. I love how u worked so hard to get back in the team
— Calvin Serrao (@CalvinSerrao_) July 30, 2017
My own is jose shouldn't sell fellaini
— Gentleman samurai (@Steinzen) July 30, 2017
I really hope united fans don't start treating matic like they did fellaini just cause they wanted fabinho
— 🐼 (@NyashaDylan3) July 30, 2017
Fellaini leaving Manchester United would be our best signing this season. #MUFC
— Santos Akhilele 🇳🇬 (@SantosTHEBOSS) July 30, 2017
The disrespect that Fellaini is getting right now smh
— Æ (@Mkhinator) July 30, 2017
I for one like Fellaini. At least the big fucker got stuck in. Never the less he's not good enough.
— Nick Owen (@NickOwen4) July 30, 2017
So I take it Fellaini has travelled and will play? So a move if any isn't close then? 🤔
— Michael R (@ManUtdMad8) July 30, 2017
So i guess its almost time to bid farewell to our living legend, The Notorious Lord Fellaini. Marouane The Magnificent Monster Fellaini.
— Muiz Akbar (@Muiz420) July 30, 2017
Celebrating the career of ace Fellaini before he leaves 🎉 pic.twitter.com/hRDvSC41yS
— nandita (@NakliRedHead) July 30, 2017
Fellaini is a physically imposing midfielder known for his combative displays, aerial threat and ability to wind up opposition players. He can also play as an attacking midfielder to help support the frontline. He made 42 appearances last season, averaging statistics of 1.9 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.7 clearances per match.