Marouane Fellaini has ruled out a January move to Tottenham Hotspur to reunite with his former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho.
Fellaini left Manchester United for Chinese Super League (CSL) club Shandong Luneng Taishan in February, following Mourinho’s United dismissal in December last year.
Mourinho was recently appointed Tottenham’s new manager after an 11-month hiatus, replacing Mauricio Pochettino.
And according to reports emerging from Belgium this week, Mourinho wanted to sign Fellaini as part of his winter reinforcement plan at Tottenham.
However, Fellaini, 32, has stated he has no intentions of leaving China for a return to the Premier League.
“Jose is special for me. We text each other, we call each other from time to time,” Fellaini told Eleven Sports.
“He’s taken over at Spurs and he’s doing well. I wish him all the best, but I am good where I am now.”
Under Mourinho at United, Fellaini won the FA Community Shield, Carabao Cup and the UEFA Europa League.
After rejecting the advances of Manchester United and following reported interest from Aston Villa, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich, Fellaini signed for Everton in September 2008 on a five-year deal from Standard Liège for an initial transfer fee of £15 million (at the time a record for a Belgian player and club record for Everton).
He made his Everton debut in a 3–2 away victory at Stoke City on 14 September 2008, and scored his first goal for the team against Newcastle United in a 2–2 home draw on 5 October 2008.
On 2 September 2013, Fellaini signed a four-year contract,with the option of extension of another season, reuniting with former manager David Moyes at Manchester United in a £27.5 million, deadline day deal.
After signing a contract with SD Luneng Taishan until the end of 2021, the Belgian international has scored twelve goals and provided five assists in 34 games.
The Jinan-based club is currently fifth in the CSL with two games remaining and were knocked out of the Asian Champions League at the last 16 stage.