Report - Mourinho set to offer new contract to resurgent star

SoccerBy Sunday World
Marouane Fellaini
Marouane Fellaini

Jose Mourinho is reported to have told Marouane Fellaini that if he keeps up his fine form he will net himself a new two-year deal at Old Trafford.

The Sun says that the new Manchester United boss has been impressed with the big Belgian's performances since he arrived at the club and that a contract extension is on the cards if he continues to play in that way.

Fellaini arrived from Everton for £27m in 2013.

The 28-year-old became a symbol of the failed David Moyes era at Old Trafford, and that feeling continued under Louis van Gaal, with many fans unhappy with the international's style of play.

However, under Mourinho Fellaini has flourished, and the Portuguese manager has picked the player in each of his three starting line-ups so far.

Last night Mourinho praised his performance in the 2-0 win against Southampton and revealed how he dealt with the player when he arrived at Old Trafford.

"The player was feeling not loved," said Mourinho.

"When the market opened everybody was saying he was leaving, everybody was writing he was not the player for me, he was on the move, maybe a simple phone call the day after my presentation changed a lot.

"I told him just simply 'forget everything you read, forget everything, with me you don't leave for sure'. Maybe that word of confidence was unexpected for him."

It seems to have worked and it now a new deal could be on the cards around Christmas time, if the Belgian maintains his fine form.