In the latest Manchester United news, manager Jose Mourinho says he is positive the club and Marouane Fellaini can work out a deal to see the Belgian international extend his stay at Old Trafford beyond the summer.
The former Everton midfield will be out of contract at the end of the current campaign and a number of clubs, including old rivals Liverpool, have shown an interest in the 30-year-old.
Mourinho has made it clear he is eager to keep hold of the unique midfielder, who demonstrated his importance by heading the stoppage time winner in last weekend’s 2-1 win over Arsenal.
The boss is upbeat on the chances of the two parties coming to an agreement to extend Fallaini’s stay with the Red Devils, adding that the player appears keen to put pen to paper.
“I’m still positive,” said Mourinho. “He’s important, he’s a player I like.
“But he has a different position in relation to other players with contract. We can control their destiny in a different way. The destiny is in his hands, he’ll decide what makes him happy.
“He knows I want him to stay, the club do, he has an offer but it’s up to him now. I’m positive because I feel he likes to be here, he likes the feeling of his manager trusting him.
“There’s a good chance for him to stay but if he leaves, so be it.”
United are next in action on Friday night when they make the trip down to the south coast to face Brighton in the Premier League.
The Red Devils, who are 3/4 with bet365 to win at the Amex Stadium, will have to do without the services of striker Romelu Lukaku, who will miss the trip due to an ankle injury.