Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keeper Courtois Jumps to 'Useful' Fellaini's Defence

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Keeper Courtois Jumps to 'Useful' Fellaini's Defence

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CHELSEA goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has defended Marouane Fellaini after he signed a contract extension at United.

The divisive midfielder penned a new a two-year extension with the option of an additional year despite earlier rejecting a new deal at the club. Much speculation had linked the Belgian international with a summer move away from the club, however he decided to commit his long-term future to Jose Mourinho.

The dramatic contract u-turn will come as a welcome relief to the United chief, and international teammate Courtois agrees that his new deal makes him an 'useful alternative for the club when required'.

"Well I think Marouane is a player that often is criticised by a lot of fans, but I think he's a very useful player," the Chelsea goalkeeper told reporters. …

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