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United set to trigger Marouane Fellaini contract extension

The Belgian international looks set to stay at Old Trafford until at least the end of next season.

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Manchester United are set to trigger an extension clause in Marouane Fellaini’s contract, ensuring the Belgian international will stay at Old Trafford until at least the summer of 2018. His initial four-year deal — signed in 2013 — was due to expire at the end of the current campaign, though the Reds are set to extend the deal by the 12 months stipulated in the smallprint. That’s according to ESPN FC, who claim to have spoken to “senior figures” at United.

Though it’s not the kind of news that will have United supporters dancing on their desks, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. José Mourinho, like Louis van Gaal and David Moyes before him, seems to have taken something of a shine to Fellaini, who scored United’s second in the 2-0 win over Hull City on Tuesday. And as long as the big Belgian remains nothing more than a useful rotation option/battering ram, who are we to complain?