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Manchester United want Marouane Fellaini to extend his deal at Old Trafford

Manchester United want Marouane Fellaini to extend his deal at Old Trafford

Manchester United are still hopeful Marouane Fellaini will sign a new contract before the season is out and will not consider a January sale despite the Belgian having recently rejected an improved deal.

The Belgian, who was a divisive figure in his early days at Old Trafford following his £27.5m move from Everton, has grown into a key member of Jose Mourinho's squad with United keen to reward him for his upturn in form.

United are keen for the Belgium global to stay but negotiations, which began last season, have dragged on after he rejected an offer in September. However, United have far from given up hope of persuading Fellaini to commit to an extension with the club he joined in the summer of 2013.

Player contract regulations stipulate they can negotiate a transfer six months before their current agreement expires.

European heavyweights Inter Milan and Besiktas are interested too.

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Galatasaray have a long-standing interest in Fellaini but a host of foreign and Premier League clubs are expected to jostle for his signature in the event Mourinho fails to persuade him to stay at United beyond a fifth season.

Last month, Mourinho also admitted that he was "worried" about Fellaini's contract situation.

Fellaini is out of contract next June, and is locked in contract negotiations with Old Trafford chiefs.

Instead, however, the Arsenal update is bad news for Turkish side Besiktas, who have been trying to sign Marouane Fellaini for some time.