Jose Mourinho has insisted Marouane Fellaini will not be sold this summer.
Turkish outlet A Spor have been reporting that Galatasaray had reached an agreement with the Belgian, but his manager believes he still has an important role to play at the club.
The Belgian started and scored the opening goal in the weekend’s pre-season friendly win over Valerenga and Mourinho told the assembled press:
“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than Marouane.
“He is too important to me. No chance.”
To the surprise of many, the Portuguese stood by the 29-year-old when he was booed by some sections of Old Trafford last season following his hapless performance at Everton.
The coming campaign will be his fifth at the Theatre of Dreams, having signed for David Moyes in 2013 from Everton.
United do not have an abundance of options in central midfield, which makes it all the less likely that Fellaini would be allowed to leave. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin have both left in the current calendar year and Michael Carrick, 36, will not be able to play every game next season. The Mirror report that a deal for Nemanja Matic is close to being finalised, yet that doesn’t seem to have influenced Mourinho’s stance.
Fellaini made 47 appearances in all competitions last term, scoring three goals.