Manchester United legend Gary Neville has reacted to Marouane Felliani's contract and he has revealed the reason why manager Jose Mourinho wants to keep the Belgium midfielder according to report.
Neville won eight Premier League titles with the Old Trafford outfit and knows the reason behind Fellaini's contract extension.
‘Jose wanted to keep him but there was talk about him leaving,’
‘I don’t think it makes a huge difference either way because he’s not the final piece of the jigsaw that gets Manchester United back to winning the Premier League title.
‘But what we did see from Marouane last night [in Belgium’s World Cup clash against England] is that he is somebody who can contribute. He’s done that for United.
‘There’s always a lot of exposure on Fellaini – people saying ‘he’s not a United midfielder’ – but the reality is he does contribute throughout the season and you need all different types in the dressing room.
‘If Manchester United need to go long, he’s someone who can do it.
‘If I was sat here as a United fan thinking he was the number one midfielder player I wouldn’t be happy.
‘But if I was thinking he’s part of a midfield pool of four or five players then I would be satisfied with that.’
Fellaini was strongly linked with a number of European clubs as his previous deal ran down but says he is ‘very happy’ to commit his future to Manchester United.
‘I made this decision because I am very happy here,’ the Belgium midfielder said.
‘I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve. I would like to say a special thank you to Jose for the faith he has always shown in me.’ former England international Neville told Sky Sports.