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Man Utd Boss Jose Mourinho Plays Down Fellaini To Galatasaray Reports

Red Devils boss has rubbished speculation linking midfielder Marouane Fellaini with a move to Galatasaray, saying that it would be easier for the Turkish side to rope him in as their manager than signing the Belgian star.

Fellaini

Earlier, Galatasaray’s sporting director Cenk Ergun had suggested that they were leading the race for roping in Fellaini, who played the role of a fringe player under Mourinho last season.

However, the Belgian had won the confidence of his manager following a string of good performances in both the Premier League and last season.

Fellaini

Man Utd are on the brink of completing a deal for midfielder Nemanja Matic but Mourinho insisted Fellaini, who has entered the last year of his United contract – will not be allowed to leave this summer.

Jose Mourinho made it clear that Fellaini will not be allowed to leave

“It’s easier for Galatasaray to get me than to get Maroaune,” Mourinho told reporters. “Forget it. He’s too important to me.”

In a press conference after United’s 3-0 friendly victory over Valerenga, Mourinho heaped praise on Man Utd’s new £75million striker , who found the net with a superb header from a corner.

Mourinho said of Lukaku’s strike: “It’s nice. Strikers like to score goals. It’s not important for me but probably it is for him, for his confidence.”

“We managers are many times happy with strikers, even when they don’t score, because of the way they participate in team organisation and game plans. But to them, scoring goals is always important.”

Fellaini andMourinho

Mourinho also praised new centre-back Victor Lindelof, who drew criticism for inconsistent displays during the club’s tour of the United States.

Mourinho said: “Step by step. Benfica is a giant club, I always think that players coming from Benfica come mentally ready because they’re a big club and the responsibility to play for them makes players ready.”

“But the Portuguese league is different. Benfica is one of the dominant teams so he’s more used to playing with the ball. He needs his time. We’ll give him his time. Manchester United is a huge club, huge responsibility. But I’m happy with what he’s doing.”

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