Everyone knows that Marouane Fellaini came close to leaving Manchester United over the summer on a free transfer as his contract was coming to an end.

One of the main interested clubs were Milan, to the extent where their director of football, Massimiliano Mirabelli, commented on the fact the Belgian wouldn’t be with the Red Devils this season.

However, the 30-year-old eventually stayed at Old Trafford, with reports José Mourinho forced the issue, wanting his midfielder to stay as he was integral to his plans going forward.

What wasn’t reported, and what claimed on Wednesday evening, is that Fellaini was extremely close to signing with the aforementioned Serie A outfit.

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The Italian website state the Belgium international ‘should have been’ a Milan player, having actually agreed a deal.

This was before Mourinho’s insistence, and it seems that all he wanted was to feel valued at the club.

Since then, he’s made 11 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal (in the Carabao Cup) and picking up two assists.