Fellaini opens up on Man Utd exit – and reveals approach from European giants

Marouane Fellaini says he felt that it was "the right time" to leave English football behind after departing Manchester United for China.

The Belgian midfielder left United for Shandong Lueng after five-and-a-half years at the club in the winter transfer window, following on from his five seasons at Everton .

The 31-year-old was often criticised during his time at Old Trafford, but he was seen as a valuable player by ex-United boss Jose Mourinho prior to his sacking in December.

And speaking to French outlet Telefoot , Fellaini said he has no regrets over his decision.

“I think it was the right time to leave," he said.

“It had been 10-and-a-half years since I arrived in England. I had beautiful seasons. Now I wanted a new challenge and a new adventure.”

Fellaini also admitted that he could have been lining up against United in the Champions League this week, having snubbed transfer interest from Paris Saint-Germain last summer.

Participating in a quickfire Yes/No Q&A session, he answered ‘Yes’ to the questions "could you have signed for PSG last summer?" and "would you have liked to play for PSG?"

He added that the reason he didn’t complete the transfer wasn’t because of manager Thomas Tuchel.

Elaborating on this week’s Champions League meeting, Fellaini backed his old club to get the better of his suitors.

“I think Manchester United are the favourites," he said.

“With the confidence they have at the moment, and how they play, I think they are favourites. But it’s a Champions League match, in the round of 16, so it’ll be 50-50.

“PSG have great players but they have two or three players injured. I think Manchester United have the advantage.”

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