Man Utd hopeful of Fellaini renewal despite contract rejection

Man Utd hopeful of Fellaini renewal despite contract rejection

Manchester United will not be panicked into selling Marouane Fellaini in January even though the Belgium midfielder has rejected a new contract at Old Trafford.

United have been locked in contract talks with the Belgian since last season with Jose Mourinho determined to keep Fellaini in his squad.

Fellaini's performances led United to trigger the one-year contract extension in his contract at the start of the year - but extending his deal beyond next summer is proving much tougher.

Foreign clubs can agree pre-contract terms with Fellaini from January, with Besiktas 4/7 favourites with Sky Bet to land the midfielder before the end of the January window.

Felllaini was the first signing of David Moyes' ill-fated era as Manchester United boss, arriving on a £27m deal in August 2013.

Fellaini though is rarely a starter when Mourinho can name his first choice starting line-up - he's made only three starts this season.

However, the report also claims that Arsenal are interested in the Belgian alongside Inter Milan and Besiktas.

Fellaini's decision has shocked the club at a time when the player has never been as highly thought of by the fans or Jose Mourinho.

Fellaini feels he's worth more than the club's latest contract offer, which was a small increase on his current £100,000-a-week pay.

Whatever happens in the continued negotiations with Fellaini, United are insistent they will not sell the player in January despite the potential of missing out on a transfer fee which such a stance would present.