Marouane Fellaini reveals he rejected Paris Saint-Germain transfer and explains reason behind Manchester United exit


The Belgium midfielder, who joined Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng earlier this month, had the chance to join the big spending French club in 2018

Marouane Fellaini has revealed he could have joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

The Belgium midfielder left Manchester United to sign for Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng earlier this month, but he could have so easily have been lining up against United on Tuesday night.

Marouane Fellaini was a player who divided the Manchester United fanbase

PSG are in town for the Champions League last last game and in a ‘yes or no’ Q&A session with Belgian news outlet Telefoot, Fellaini was asked “could you have signed for PSG last summer?” and “would you have liked to play for PSG?” He answered “yes” to both questions.

Fellaini opted to leave Old Trafford just seven months into a new and improved contract he had signed last June, explaining it was “the right time to leave.”

“It’s been ten-and-a-half years since I was in England, I’ve had some great seasons,” the 31-year-old said.

Marouane Fellaini was a favourite under former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho

Marouane Fellaini was a favourite under former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho

“I wanted a new challenge and a new adventure and the time had come.”

Fellaini, though, believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men are favourites to progress to the Champions League quarter-finals.

PSG will be without injured duo Neymar (foot) and Thomas Meunier (concussion), while a thigh problem has ruled Edinson Cavani out.

Fellaini added: “With the confidence they have at the moment, and how they play, I think they are favourites.

“But it’s a Champions League match, in the round of 16, so it’ll be 50-50.

“PSG have great players but they have two or three players injured. I think Manchester United have the advantage.”

Fellaini helped United win the EFL Cup and Europa League after joining in a £27.5million deal from Everton in 2013.

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