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Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has finally signed a new deal that will keep him at Manchester United for the next two years after letting his contract wind up, with reports claiming that the 30-year-old was leaving Old Trafford to Italy or Turkey.

The Belgium midfielder confirmed on Friday that he had put pen to paper on a new contract that will keep him at Manchester United until 2020, and there’s an option of a year to the deal.

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has explained how difficult it was to be up against the towering midfielder.

“Well I think Marouane is a player that often is criticised by a lot of fans, but I think he’s a very useful player,” Courtois said.

“You can always kick a long ball to him, he’s strong, he can keep the ball.

“I think yesterday showed he can dribble, he passed some defenders as well. I think he’s a very useful player.

“I don’t say you will need him every game, I think managers decide, obviously, it depends on what of opponent they face, but I think he’s a very good to have in your team.

“I said when we played, for example, against Manchester [United] this year and we were winning 1-0, he came on, I didn’t like seeing him on the pitch because I knew they would put balls into the box, and he will have a header or he will deflect the ball to another guy.

“You always have to be very careful when he’s on the pitch, so I think he’s a very useful player.”

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