Fellaini: Van Gaal didn’t tell me to leave Man Utd

Marouane Fellaini has denied Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal made any attempt to force him from the club over the summer, ESPN has reported.

Fellaini was signed by van Gaal’s predecessor David Moyes, who was hired from Everton and returned to his former club to swoop for the Belgium midfielder. But Fellaini struggled to make an impression at Old Trafford and it was rumoured United would look to sell the £27.5m signing this summer.

However, an ankle injury meant Fellaini’s proposed loan move to Napoli broke down while he has denied being told he had no future at the club. “I talked to Van Gaal and he has never said that I had to leave,” Fellaini revealed.

“He said I had a lot of competition, but that I will get the chance to prove myself,” he continued. “I have known difficult moments like last season, but you become a stronger player afterwards. I have confidence in myself and in my game again.

“I played a good World Cup and also during the preparation, I was good. It is unfortunate that this injury has thrown a spanner in the works, but at the end of the month I will be back.”

Fellaini made 21 appearances for United last season, without scoring, and featured in United’s opening game of the new season, a 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City.

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