Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed he turned down an approach from Arsenal before leaving Everton for the Premier League champions, Sky
Fellaini moved to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day in a £27.5m deal, following manager David Moyes in making the journey from Goodison Park. In doing so Fellaini became not only Everton’s record signing but also the club’s record sale.
The Belgium international was reluctant to speak about the opportunities he rejected to join United but did confirm he could have joined the Gunners, who have started the season in strong form to move to the top of the table. United, meanwhile, are eighth, eight points behind Arsenal – and two places and two points adrift of Everton.
“I don’t want to tell you everything what happened during the transfer,” Fellaini said. “This was done at the last minute. In a transfer window, there is always a list of players, you never know if it’s true or not. But for me, I knew [Moyes] was interested in me.
“Chelsea? No comment. Arsenal? It’s true, they were interested, but Manchester United convinced me to sign for them.”
Fellaini added it was the chance to again work with Moyes that pushed him towards United. “David Moyes has given me confidence, he said. “When I was in trouble early at Everton, he helped me and supported me. He did everything for me to become a great player.
“I was criticised, nobody knew who I was. I succeeded because I worked a lot. That’s why I’m playing for Manchester United today. [I am not trying to] replace Scholes or Carrick or anyone. I try to play my own game. It is difficult at the moment, but I will succeed.”
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