Marouane Fellaini has signed a new two-year deal with Manchester United on Friday, ending speculation he would join Arsenal.
Fellaini’s United contract was due to run out this weekend and Arsenal’s new boss Unai Emery was reported to have made an approach to sign him.
Having originally offered the Belgium midfielder only a one-year deal, United extended their contract by a further season and that was enough to sway Fellaini to remain at Old Trafford.
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the 30-year-old’s new deal has the option to extend for a further 12 months after the two years have expired.
“I am pleased to be continuing my journey as a Manchester United player,” the towering midfielder told United’s website.
“I made this decision because I am very happy here. Also, I feel like this team, under Jose, still has a lot we want to achieve.
“I would like to say a special thank you to Jose (Mourinho) for the faith he has always shown in me.”
Fellaini, presently on World Cup in Russia duty with Belgium, joined United from Everton in 2013, making 156 appearances and scoring 20 goals.
Fellaini is well liked by United manager Jose Mourinho, who insisted he always expected Fellaini to stay.
“I am very happy Marouane is staying with us,” Mourinho said.
“I always believed in his desire to stay with the club and I am delighted that he has signed a new contract.”