Mourinho: Marouane Fellaini wants Man United stay, but future unclear

MANCHESTER -- Marouane Fellaini wants to stay at Manchester United, according to Jose Mourinho, but the Manchester United manager admits he is unsure whether the midfielder will agree a new deal.

Fellaini will be out of contract at the end of the season and will be able to walk away from Old Trafford for free if new terms are not agreed.

Mourinho insists the Belgian, who has been linked with moves to Turkey and Italy, wants to stay, but the Portuguese coach admits his future is still up in the air.

He told a news conference on Monday: "He's a very important player for me, he's a great professional who is giving everything he can to help the team and there is a desire from myself, the board and the player to stay together, that's our objective.

"Are we going to agree? I don't know. What I know is myself, the board and the player would like to have a happy ending."

Fellaini turned down United's initial contract offer in September with sources telling ESPN FC he wants a longer deal than the one currently on the table.

He missed Friday night's trip to Yeovil through injury but after training on Sunday he is in line to return to the squad against Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday night.

Mourinho added: "I'm happy with his contribution, he is being a great professional for us.

"I know he wants to stay with us, he knows I want him and the club wants him but there is a paper to sign and you only sign it when you are happy with what is in the paper so let's see what happens."