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Maroune Fellaini delight at 'dream' move

September 3, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Marouane Fellaini said his dream came true when he completed his £27.5 million move to Manchester United.

Marouane Fellaini is all smiles as he is reunited with David Moyes at Manchester United
GettyImagesMarouane Fellaini is all smiles as he is reunited with David Moyes at Manchester United

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The midfielder said he did "everything" to ensure he could sign for United after submitting a transfer request to Everton before finalising a deal right at the end of the transfer window.

And Fellaini, who became the fifth most expensive player in United's history, revealed it was his boyhood ambition to become a Red Devil.

He told MUTV: "It's the biggest club in the world so of course I wanted to join this club. I tried everything to join the club. When I was young it was a dream to play for Manchester United. I waited for a long time, I've worked hard for this and I'm very happy to join this big club, this great club. Now I'm here so I'll try to give my best to the club. I want to win trophies. That's the most important thing."

Fellaini was signed by David Moyes for the second time, after the Scot took him to Everton in 2008 and the United manager was delighted to finally make his first major signing and to eventually bolster his midfield.

Moyes said: "He's a very good footballer and a good technician. He has the ability to score goals and play in several different positions in the midfield. I think that's an area where everybody felt we could do with strengthening."

He believes United will see the best of Fellaini and feels the 25-year-old can get better, adding: "He's still young and improving. For me, he's been one of the best midfielders in the Premier League over the last few seasons."

Moyes usually fielded Fellaini just behind a sole striker last season and feels his versatility will benefit United, but suggested the Belgian is likely to be used in the centre of midfield.

He explained: "He can play higher up, if we need it, behind the striker or as a defensive or holding midfielder. In any position in the middle of the field he's comfortable. Because of that I think it's definitely a position where people have said we've been short of numbers, with the likes of Paul Scholes [retiring] and [the injured] Darren Fletcher not ready to come back just now. I felt we needed to strengthen there and I'm glad we got him."

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