Jose Mourinho has dismissed speculation that Marouane Fellaini could leave Manchester United for Galatasaray, saying he is “too important”.
Fellaini has a year left on his contract and, with Nemanja Matic seemingly on his way to Old Trafford, might face more of a fight for a starting role next season.
He has been linked with a move to Galatasaray, but, after Fellaini scored in a 3-0 pre-season win over Valerenga on Sunday, Mourinho was clear in his stance on the midfielder.
“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane,” he said. “If they need a manager, they have a chance, but Marouane? Forget it. He is too important to me.”
Mourinho was also asked about a move for Matic, who is understood to be close to joining United from Chelsea.
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“I’m waiting for news,” he said. “I know that he wants that very, very much and when a player wants very, very much the chance is bigger, so I think we have a chance, but in football until it’s official, I have seen so many things happen that I refuse to say more than I am telling you now.”
There have been pictures on social media showing Matic wearing a Manchester United shirt with the number 31.
But Mourinho again refused to comment, saying: “I don’t know because I was not there. Number 31 is a free number. It was [Bastian] Schweinsteiger. It’s a free jersey, we have a few free and 31 is one of them.”