English Premiership

Mourinho: Fellaini too important to leave United

2017-07-31 08:38
Marouane Fellaini (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho dismissed rumours linking midfielder Marouane Fellaini with a move to Galatasaray by saying that there was a better chance of him joining the Turkish giants before the Belgian.

Galatasaray said they were in talks with Marouane Fellaini over a possible switch from Manchester United.

The Belgian midfielder came through a difficult spell at the Premier League side to perform well under Jose Mourinho last season.

It was felt that the 29-year-old would be one of the first out of the exit door upon the Portuguese's arrival, but he proved his detractors wrong with an important role in midfield.

But with Mourinho now shaping his side ahead of the 2017/18 campaigns, reports suggest the former Everton man could be on his way out of Old Trafford.

Fellaini has been involved in all of the club's pre-season matches, and played in a 3-0 friendly win over Valerenga on Sunday.

Galatasaray sporting director Cenk Ergun told Ajansspor: "Fellaini will leave Manchester United and he is now on our radar.

"There will be surprises, we are in talks with Fellaini.

"We have made an approach, we are close and if we get Fellaini we will end our pursuit of [Villarreal's Alfred] N'Diaye.

"We need a player like Fellaini who can move around in midfield."

Fellaini's departure may be influenced by whether or not United are able to capture Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 20 January 2018
Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea, The American Express Community Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Crystal Palace, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Everton v West Bromwich Albion, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Watford, King Power Stadium 17:00
West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth, London Stadium 17:00
Burnley v Manchester United, Turf Moor 17:00
Manchester City v Newcastle United, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur, St. Mary's Stadium 18:00
Monday, 22 January 2018
Swansea City v Liverpool, Liberty Stadium 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.