Mourinho fears Fellaini exit amid Arsenal, PSG links

Jose Mourinho admitted Friday he is growing ever more anxious about the prospect of losing Belgian worldwide Marouane Fellaini as the midfielder's contract talks with Manchester United drag on.

The 30-year-old is out of contract in the summer and despite the club's attempts to keep him, he has so far snubbed everything that has been put in front of him and is free to negotiate with clubs in the January over his next move.

"It's a discussion between the player and the board".

Rumour has it that the Belgian wants more than the £120,000-per-week wages United are reportedly offering - at the age of 29 this is likely to be the last "big" contract he can command - while there may also be some discussion over the length of any deal.

"I respect both the players and the board".

He went on to state: "So I just wait, wishing that they will have an understanding but it's out of my control".

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However, judging by Mourinho's tone, for the time being, it does appear that Fellaini will be a Red no more come summer.

The 30-year-old has endured a hard relationship with United supporters at times but has become an influential player under the Portuguese.

The Belgium midfielder rejected United's first contract offer in September as he seeks a new deal worth in the region of £170,000-a-week, and could walk away as a free agent at the end of the season. Mourinho will be without central defenders Phil Jones and Eric Bailly when they host Brighton & Hove Albion, but midfielder Paul Pogba will make his third start in a row.

At the start of an eight-day period in which United play Brighton, Watford and Arsenal in the Premier League, Mourinho has called on his supporters to show patience as they look to eat into Manchester City's commanding lead at the top of the table.

'When we are doing bad, always an emotional balance after a big victory or big defeat, so we haven't reached 50 per cent of the season so let's be calm. Step by step, minute after minute, match after match.

  • Stacy Allen