Marouane Fellaini arrived at Manchester United last summer with a considerable weight on his shoulders.
After a transfer window that was anything but successful for new manager David Moyes, the only significant arrival at the reigning champions was the Belgian midfielder for a reported £27.5million.
Debate would soon rage as to why United simply did not pay his release-clause (some £4million less than they ultimately paid) earlier that summer. But whatever the reason, Fellaini soon found himself struggling with the demands of a move to such a big club, his form in question and then a series of injuries curtailing his campaign.
But now fit and ready for the remainder of the season, the Belgian international has been speaking to the club’s official website about his footballing hero – Zinedine Zidane.
“There are a lot of great players – Ronaldo, Messi…but I loved Zidane,” Fellaini said.
“He is the one for me. He made things look so simple. We he played he made it seem like he was playing in the garden. Watching him in action was beautiful.”
Fellaini now has the chance to repliacate some of Zidane’s achievements on the pitch, at least in terms of domestic and international success.
He is part of a Belgium side that many expect to impress at this summer’s World Cup, while he will no doubt be hoping that his time at United proves to be a successful and trophy-filled one.
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