English Premiership

Fellaini reveals tears over Moyes exit

2015-05-09 09:04
Marouane Fellaini (Getty Images)

London - Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed he was reduced to tears when he heard David Moyes had been dismissed by the Premier League club.

Fellaini was signed by Moyes at Everton in 2008 and followed him to Old Trafford in a £27.5 million deal when the Scot was hired to replace Alex Ferguson as United manager in 2013.

But Moyes endured a miserable spell with United and was sacked last April, just 10 months into a six-year contract.

It was a huge blow to Fellaini, who also suffered a dismal first season at Old Trafford, because the Belgium midfielder had grown close to Moyes during their time together.

He was overcome with emotion on the day the Moyes was sacked following 24 hours of intense speculation that he would be relieved of his duties.

"When he left I was sad," Fellaini told So Foot magazine. "We had heard things on the radio and TV (about Moyes leaving). It was after a defeat to Everton.

"I did not know if it was true or not. Then I arrived the next day at the (training ground) canteen, and I saw him in his suit, rather than his tracksuit. I told myself: 'This is the end.'

"It was weird. After I had eaten, he summoned to his office and he told me the news. This is football.

"There were tears. This is normal. I am a human being. I worked with him for six years.

"He was not a second father, but almost. He helped me a lot".


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