Ex-Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has revealed why he left the club during the recently concluded winter transfer window.
Fellaini, 30, spoke about his Manchester United exit in an interview with Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad.
The Belgian international player disclosed that Jose Mourinho played a big part in his decision to swap Manchester United for China.
Marouane Fellaini further revealed that he would still be at Manchester United in Portuguese tactician Mourinho had stayed at the club.
Mourinho was sacked by the Old Trafford bosses in December 2017 after he masterminded a disappointing start to the season which saw the Red Devils drop out of the Premier League top four for the whole of the season until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took charge.
Fellaini also revealed in the interview that his exit was fuelled by the desire for a new challenge as he turned away accusations that he left Manchester United for money.
Marouane Fellaini sealed a transfer to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng last month in a deal worth £10m.
He had earlier signed a two-year contract extension with Manchester United last summer when his then contract was up but the exit of Jose Mourinho changed everything for him.
He made just one substitute appearance under Mourinho’s successor and ex-Red Devils striker Solskjaer before leaving Old Trafford.