Manchester United midfielder Fellaini wants to stay and fight for his place

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini celebrates

Marouane Fellaini has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

Liverpool's Joe Allen in action with Manchester United's Marouane FellainiLiverpool's Joe Allen in action with Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini

Manchester United man Marouane Fellaini has expressed his intention to stay at the club and fight for his place, dealing a blow to Sunderland's reported interest in the midfielder.

The Sunderland Echo reports that the Black Cats had registered an interest in Fellaini, in addition to United teammate Adnan Januzaj, as Sunderland manager David Moyes plans a raid of his former club.

Fellaini may find himself surplus to requirements within Jose Mourinho's side, especially with the imminent arrival of Paul Pogba from Juventus.

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney look dejectedManchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney look dejected

But the Belgium international, who was brought to Old Trafford by Moyes in 2013, has now stated his desire to stay with the Red Devils for the foreseeable future.

"When you play for United you have to have competition," the towering midfielder said.

"Everyone has to fight for his place; I think that’s why you give everything on the pitch.

David Moyes offers advice to Marouane FellainiDavid Moyes offers advice to Marouane Fellaini

"It’s not easy, so if you’re not good or you don’t do well, the other players then take your place and I think they always push you to be the best.

"I think I can help the team, I can contribute, I can do well for this team. "I think the manager trusts me. He knows what I can do, he knows my qualities and that is important.

"I want to give everything for the team."

Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney look dejectedManchester United's Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney look dejected

Fellaini played the whole 90 minutes as Jose Mourinho's side edged Premier League champions Leicester City 2-1 in the Community Shield on Sunday.

However, he was at fault for the Foxes' equaliser after a poor backpass to goalkeeper David De Gea, which led to Jamie Vardy's 51st minute goal.

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