Benitez coy over move for Man United midfielder Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini could leave Manchester United before the end of August.

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Rafa Benitez has said that Marouane Fellaini’s future will be decided by Manchester United after Napoli were being linked with a move for the midfielder.

Fellaini is thought to be one of the players Louis van Gaal might be looking to offload this summer as he begins to reshape his squad after taking charge at Old Trafford.

DIZZYING SWING

The Belgium international had a disappointing first season at United following his switch from Everton 12 months ago and it has been suggested Napoli are among the clubs monitoring his situation.

There have been reports of a loan move to Naples, but Benitez was reluctant to discuss a player who remains on a long-term contract at another club when asked about his interest at a press conference.

Van Gaal has revealed that he is set to speak to those members of his United squad who do not figure in his plans, and Benitez is happy to wait for further developments.

Asked about Fellaini, the former Liverpool boss said: "He’s not one of our players, his future does not depend on us, but on Manchester United. 

"I think about working with the players I have."

Javier Mascherano is another player to have been connected with a move to Napoli, having played under Benitez at Liverpool before joining Barcelona in 2010.

However, Benitez admits there is no chance of him being able to lure Mascherano away from the Camp Nou.

He said: "This (possibility) is closed. I spoke with Javier and his agent but Luis Enrique has great respect for him and I understood that it was not possible to take him."