Marouane Fellaini is out of contract at Man Utd in the summer and Jose Mourinho recently said he is worried about his situation.
Manchester United will refuse to sell Marouane Fellaini in January as talks continue over a new contract.
United triggered a one-year extension in Fellaini's contract in January which bumped his salary up to £120,000-a-week but he is free to negotiate with clubs in the winter transfer window. The player, who turns 30 next week, rejected United's offer of a new deal in September and Fellaini is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with another club in the new year.
M.E.N. Sport understands United have not given up hope on keeping Fellaini and are so keen to keep the Belgian midfielder they are prepared to lose him on a free transfer next summer rather than obtain a fee in the winter window. Fellaini has scored four goals in nine appearances this season and United manager Jose Mourinho dubbed him Paul Pogba's 'natural replacement' a year ago.
Fellaini returned from a month-long injury lay-off as a substitute at Chelsea earlier this month and Mourinho described his impact as 'fantastic'.
"I don't want to forget because I really want to do this," Mourinho said. "I have to say Fellaini was fantastic, for me, for the fellow players, for the fans, for the team, for the club.
"He was injured for weeks, he trained yesterday for the first time with the team and he put himself on the line ready to come into help in case of the team needed. So really, really pleased, I don't want it to go in blank [unnoticed]."
Mourinho admitted last month he was 'worried' about Fellaini's contract situation after he was asked about Luke Shaw's situation. United are not believed to have yet taken up their option of an additional year on Shaw, whose contract technically expires next year.
Fellaini joined United in a £27.5million move from Everton four years ago and has won the FA Cup, EFL Cup and Europa League with the club.