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Marouane Fellaini
Gender Male
Ethnic Belgian
Job Belgian Footballer
Desc Marouane Fellaini for most Manchester United’s fans the lanky midfielder was seen as one of many missteps made in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Signed by a desperate David Moyes from Everton for £28 million in 2013, Fellaini struggled to convince fans he was worthy of the Red Devils shirt, let alone the price tag, across his near six seasons at the club. After 177 appearances and 22 goals for United - the 31-year-old exited the club in February with very little fanfare

Affiliation

Org Belgium National Team
Club as Player Shandong Luneng
  AS Roma
  Manchester United
  Everton FC

2019 06 04 Retrieve

[Are you watching Manchester United? Scapegoat Marouane Fellaini on fire in China] I went away sober. I entered the dressing room when there were a few players. I packed up and left. Afterwards I received messages and phone calls. My first season in Manchester was difficult, but I left as a respected player. I gave my very best for this club, played so many games and almost only scored important goals. I worked with super players and managers at one of the biggest clubs in the world. Then you can only look back with a smile.

[Though signing for a club in China is seen as a lucrative and easy way for a footballer to end his career, Fellaini is adamant he hasn’t moved for the money] I see this as a challenge at a club that has it all. Literally. You should see our medical and technical facilities. I love being here. I went to Shandong Luneng now because they were interested for years already. And I felt ready for a new challenge, a new culture, a new life. Okay, I’m only 31 years old. But I signed for three years. Afterwards I’m 34, then it would be too late to go to China. I could have joined a top European club and been important there for two more years, that would have been no problem. But after 10 years and 350 games in England, I felt ready for this step. I’m happy with my choice

2019 10 11 Retrieve

[Marouane Fellaini has slammed the short-term vision at Manchester United] They brought in David Moyes, they didn’t give him time. They brought in Van Gaal, they gave him two years and we started to do some things, he won the cup, but after that they sacked the manager because they want to win quickly. For me the club were too quick to sack Jose because a manager like that comes and he needs a lot of players to do his own philosophy. He wanted to build his team but after two years and a half they decided to sack him because the results were not there. That’s the problem, they have to find a solution together. A manager like Van Gaal, tactically is very strong and a lot of experience and they sacked him.

They brought in one of the best managers in the world in Jose Mourinho, he wanted to build a team and they sacked him. It’s not easy to build a team in that time, you need more than two years. I don’t know what they will do with Ole. Mourinho, for the first season, he did amazingly, he improved the team, won things. Okay the second season, was a bit more difficult, but he tried and did his best to help the team

Now you have a new manager, they wanted young players and that’s what happens when you play with just young players - they will be up and down, up and down, that’s football. Of course in football, you can’t play with just young players, you need a mix. I think to win games, to win titles, to win big games you need experience. Of course you can win with young players but not every game

[A man who faced criticism throughout his time with United, said of life in China] It’s different, it’s a different atmosphere, the intensity is not the same, the crowd is not the same but it’s a new challenge. It was the time for me to leave Europe, I wanted a new challenge and I’m very happy with that so I don’t regret it at all. I played five-and-a-half years for Manchester. My first season was a transition, so I was in transition. I know I didn’t have a great season. But after that I played my games, played well and I won things. Okay, I didn’t win the Premier League but that’s part of football. Manchester City was a strong team and was difficult to battle against them. But I did some great games, scored some important goals, so for me I was very happy with my time in Manchester

2019 12 12 Retrieve

[Marouane Fellaini rules out Mourinho reunion at Tottenham in January] Jose is special for me. We text each other, we call each other from time to time. He’s taken over at Spurs and he’s doing well. I wish him all the best, but I am good where I am now

2020 03 25 Retrieve

[Former Everton and Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini became the first Chinese Super League player to test positive for coronavirus last weekend] Dear friends, I have been tested for coronavirus and my test result is positive. Currently, I am back in China and being treated in the hospital. I can assure you that everything is fine for me now. Thanks to the fans, medical staff and the club for their care and attention. I will follow the treatment and hope to return to the game as soon as possible. Please everyone stay safe

2020 04 14 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Ex-Man Utd midfielder Fellaini thanks medical staff after leaving hospital] The time has come for me to thank from the bottom of my heart, the medical staff of the hospital, their nursing staff as well as my club and its medical staff for taking such good care of me with so much kindness and for ensuring my comfort whilst there

The hardest part is behind me! Let’s keep fighting, it’s important