It seems Jose Mourinho is growing increasingly worried about Marouane Fellaini’s contract situation at Manchester United.
The towering Belgian’s Old Trafford deal is set to expire at the end of the season, which leaves him free to speak to other clubs in the January transfer window.
Speaking ahead of United’s clash against Tottenham on Saturday, the Special One admitted he’s concerned about losing his favourite player in the summer.
When quizzed about the contract situations of Fellaini and Luke Shaw, Mourinho said: “I’m worried about Fellaini and not about Luke Shaw because Fellaini finishes his contract and Luke Shaw doesn’t.”
Oh, fair enough.
It might be hard to believe, but Mourinho regards Fellaini as one of the most important players in his squad.
The Belgium international – who was snapped up by David Moyes back in 2013 – has often been booed by his own fans but has seemingly managed to redeem his United career under Mourinho.
Last month, when faced with the prospect of playing Basel in the Champions League without the elbow-happy midfielder, Mourinho said he felt weaker without him in the team and described him as “more important than you can imagine.”
He said: “I feel weaker without Fellaini in my squad, doesn’t matter if it’s on the pitch or on the bench.
“I need him.”
So far this season, Fellaini has notched four goals in eight starts for the club, but has been out of action since the beginning of October after injuring his knee while on international duty.