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Manchester United player Marouane Fellaini's reported 'visit' to Istanbul explained

November 2, 2017 7:31 AM
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Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at Man Utd next summer and has been linked with a move to Galatasaray or Besiktas.

For a while, Manchester United supporters fretted that Marouane Fellaini had become the latest footballer to succumb to the social media craze of 'come to Besiktas'. Fortunately, that picture of 'him' in Istanbul was not of Fellaini.

Well, it was of a Fellaini, but not Marouane. The beanpole figure with the bushy noggin was Fellaini's uncannily similar brother Mansour, who was filmed by a giddy Besiktas fan at a hotel in the Turkish capital.

Twitter user Haber Kartali wrote: "The claims of a transfer to Beşiktaş appeared in the press today, Fellaini, staying at a hotel in Besiktas right now!" Several outlets inaccurately reported it was Marouane who was staying by the Bosphorus.

Jose Mourinho admitted last week he was 'worried' about Fellaini's contract situation. United took up the option of an additional year on the 29-year-old's deal to extend it until 2018 but Fellaini is yet to have signed improved terms and is free to speak with other clubs in the January transfer window.

"I’m worried about Fellaini and not about Luke Shaw," Mourinho explained last week. "Because Fellaini finishes his contract and Luke Shaw doesn't."

Fellaini was tenuously linked with a move to Galatasaray in July but Mourinho shot down those rumours.

"It's easier for Galatasaray to get me then to get Marouane," Mourinho said. "If they need a manager, they can fire [Igor Tudor] and have a chance. But Marouane? Forget it. He is too important for me."

Fellaini has not played for United this month after he suffered a medial knee ligament injury during Belgium's insignificant match with Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has scored four goals in his eight United appearances so far this term.

Source: manchestereveningnews.co.uk

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