Martinez: Fellaini deserves more credit

2018-07-05 13:24
Marouane Fellaini (Supplied)

Cape Town - Belgium manager Roberto Martinez has praised Marouane Fellaini, claiming that the Manchester United midfielder is underrated as a footballer.

READ: FIFA condemns Maradona comments

The 30-year-old scored a crucial goal for Belgium in their 3-2 comeback victory against Japan in the last 16 of the World Cup in Russia on Monday, and could make the Red Devils' starting XI against Brazil in the quarter-finals on Friday.

"I think he is player that you have to work with to appreciate what he really brings," Martinez told website.

"He (Fellaini) gets underestimated in his technical ability. I think he is a footballer that has got a level of technical control and ball control a lot higher than people think."

Fellaini recently signed a new two-year contract at Manchester United and Martinez believes he is a player with whom every manager would love to work.

"He was born to compete," continued Martinez. "He is a winner. I think he finds football as a good opportunity to show how life should be. His interpretation of life is the way he runs the football game.

"As a team player he always sees that every action is the end of the world and that makes him a warrior and someone that every coach and manager would love to have in his team."

More In This Category

Germany's long-serving team doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt quit after 23 years in the job, becoming the first casualty of the country's World Cup flop.
Croatian media say that forward Nikola Kalinic has not accepted the silver medal his team won at the World Cup in Russia because he was sent home early in the competition
Eden Hazard is sensationally set to hold talks with Real Madrid to become the latest Galactico as attacker edges closer to a Chelsea exit.
Croatian central defender Duje Caleta-Car has signed a five-year contract with French club Marseille for an undisclosed fee, the club announced.