Fellaini claims to have snubbed Arsenal for Manchester United dream
Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed that Arsenal were in contention with Manchester United for his signature this summer. The Belgian star claims to have been receiving a lot of interest from Arsenal back when he was at Everton.
Fellaini, who moved to Manchester United towards the end of the summer transfer window, suggests he snubbed the opportunity to move to Arsenal because he saw the Premier League champions as bigger club – but that wasn’t the only reason.
Earlier the same summer Everton’s long-time serving manager David Moyes was handpicked by Sir Alex Ferguson to replace him as manager of Manchester United. Keeping in with tradition of signing players where you hail from, Moyes paid Everton top dollar for Fellaini’s services.
After acquiring the likes of Mesut Ozil this summer, Arsenal weren’t really in need of signing a midfield enforcer, especially since they already had a couple of talented players in their ranks. However, perhaps the opportunity to lose a player like Fellaini would have attracted them for a bid.
“I will not reveal the details, but Arsenal wanted me this summer,” Fellaini told beIN Sport.
Upon being questioned whether Chelsea were also interested in signing him, Fellaini simply said: “No comment”.
Explaining his summer move, Fellaini explained that David Moyes and the opportunity to play in a club like Manchester United were the driving factors behind his decision.
“Manchester United convinced me,” Fellaini said. “During the transfer window, there’s always a list of players who are available to change clubs. You never know what’s right. I only knew that Moyes was interested.
“David Moyes has given me confidence. When I first joined Everton, I had difficulties, but he helped me and supported me. Moyes did everything he could to help me become a better player.
“I was criticized -- nobody knew who I was. I succeeded because I worked long and hard. That’s why I’m now playing for Manchester United.
“I’m not trying to be [Paul] Scholes or [Michael] Carrick. I want to play my own game. It’s difficult at the moment, but I will succeed.”