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Champions League lured Fellaini

Manchester United new-boy Marouane Fellaini has insisted that his desire to win trophies and play in the Champions League propelled him to force through his move to Old Trafford on transfer deadline day.

The Belgium international handed in a transfer request in a bid to hasten his move to United, with his insistence that he was ready for a fresh challenge after proving himself in the Premier League with Everton evident in his comments.

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"I know Everton wanted to keep me but I played five years, the time is for me to leave," he told Sky Sports. "Thank you to Everton for supporting me, but it's a new story for me now, I want to win a trophy and I want to play Champions League and with Manchester United I can.

"It was frantic at the end, but now I am with the national team I can rest. I can sleep in hotel, I don't have press, it's quiet here, so I'm happy to be there. The most important thing is that I am there now and I hope we can win the Premier League."

Fellaini's £27.5 million signing has done little to dilute the criticism flowing in the direction of chief United negotiator Ed Woodward and manager David Moyes in the last 48 hours, with both being criticised for what is perceived to have been an indifferent first transfer window in their new roles at Old Trafford.

The good news for Moyes is that he should have a fit and hungry Fellaini at his disposal for United's next fixture against Crystal Palace on Saturday week, as Belgium’s World Cup qualifier with Scotland in Glasgow on Friday night is their only game in an international window that features two matches for most national teams.


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