Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
The chase to sign Marouane Fellaini was one of the transfer stories of the summer and whilst the afro-haired Belgian has not quite lived up to expectations at Manchester United yet, there was interest from other big Premier League clubs, including Arsenal.
Fellaini told beIN Sport that Arsenal were interested but refused to divulge how far the Gunners went to sign him from Everton.
The £27.5million man said: “I don’t want to tell you everything what happened during the transfer. This was done at the last minute.”
Fellaini continued: “In a transfer window, there is always a list of players, you never know if it’s true or not. But for me, I knew [Moyes] was interested in me. Chelsea? No comment. Arsenal? It’s true, they were interested, but Manchester United convinced me to sign for them.”
The former Everton midfielder also spoke of the importance of his current Manchester United boss: “David Moyes has given me confidence. When I was in trouble early at Everton, he helped me and supported me. He did everything for me to become a great player.”
Fellaini added: “I was criticised, nobody knew who I was. I succeeded because I worked a lot. That’s why I’m playing for Manchester United today. [I am not trying to] replace Scholes or Carrick or anyone. I try to play my own game. It is difficult at the moment, but I will succeed.”
Having seen Arsenal spend much of their transfer summer transfer war chest on Mesut Ozil, Gooners are unlikely to be too bothered about losing out on Fellaini.