Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has dismissed suggestions that Galatasaray are close to signing Marouane Fellaini this summer.
The Special One insists that the Belgium international is ‘too important’ for his squad after the 29-year-old found the scoresheet in the 3-0 friendly win over Valerenga on Sunday.
Galatasaray sporting director CenkUrgun recently told the press that the club would be pushing through a deal for Fellaini with the midfield enforcer heading through the Old Trafford exit door, he said: “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 N’Diaye. We need a player like Fellaini who can shuttle around in midfield.”
However, following the Valerenga game, Mourinho has maintained his stance that Fellaini is not for sale while insisting the Turkish giants have a better chance of signing him than the Belgian in terms of probability, he said: “It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane. If they need a manager, they have a chance, but Marouane? Forget it. He is too important to me.”
The forme Evertonian has not quite earned a regular starting role during his four-year spell at Old Trafford, but he still remains a valuable backup to the starting line-up with Mourinho often depending on him to close down games, although he does mess up in between. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic is on the cusp of joining the Reds with Mourinho admitting that his former player is ‘very very much’ interested in a reunion at Old Trafford.
The signing of Matic will hinder Fellaini’s chances of earning additional game time next season, but Mourinho is firm on his decision that the Belgian will not be leaving the club despite claims that he has already finalised personal terms with Galatasaray over a five-year contract.