Anthony Martial has signed a new contract that will keep him at Manchester United until June 2024 just months after he seemed set to leave, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.
Jose Mourinho was ready to sell the Frenchman over the summer, when Fellaini, one of his most trusted lieutenants, was rewarded with a new deal until 2020 with the option of a further season.
But the players have witnessed a marked change of circumstance recently.
Fellaini is now edging closer to moving to China after United reached an agreement with Shandong Luneng, while Martial has signed a contract extension until 2024 with the option of a further year.
“I am loving my time at this club,” Martial said, having posed for photos with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.
“I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.
“This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away.”
Martial signed from Monaco for an initial €41 million in 2015 and became the most expensive teenager in the world – but until recently it appeared a matter of when rather than if he would leave Old Trafford.
The forward’s agent Philippe Lamboley said in June that his client wanted to leave United and it is understood that Mourinho was willing to sell him in the summer – a time when the Portuguese fined him for the way he left their American pre-season tour for the birth of his second child.
But Martial has kicked on this term and questions over his happiness have disappeared since the departure of Mourinho – a manager whose approach could scarcely be more different to Solskjaer’s.
“Anthony is one of those naturally gifted players that any coach would love to work with,” the caretaker boss said.