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Wilmots urges Fellaini to leave United

Maroune Fellaini (second right) celebrates scoring for United in a past match. PHOTO/File
Maroune Fellaini (second right) celebrates scoring for United in a past match. PHOTO/File

BRUSSELS, November 21- Marouane Fellaini’s place in Belgium’s Euro 2016 squad could be in jeopardy if he remains at Manchester United, according national team coach Marc Wilmots.

Fellaini did not feature in the Belgium squad that beat Italy last week, and Wilmots may continue to overlook the former Everton man if he does not get more playing time.

Having made just three starts in all competitions this season, while featuring off the bench on nine occasions, Fellaini does not appear to feature too highly in Red Devils manager Louis van Gaal’s plans.

The 27-year-old’s inactivity could cost him dearly, with Wilmots indicating that the former he needs to be getting regular game time if he is to play for the national team, and has suggested that it might be wise for him to seek a move away from Old Trafford during the January transfer window.

“A player who does not play for his club is annoying for a coach,” Wilmots told Le Soir.

“Fellaini could play to support the attack, as the No.6. He has very good technique, very good ability to track back and recover.

“Maybe he will try to find a new challenge in January, if it is possible.”

Fellaini was a prominent member of the United side in Van Gaal’s first season at the club, but having missed the first three matches of the current campaign after picking up a red card on the final day of last season, he has since struggled to make an impact.

Fellaini joined United from Everton in September 2013 for £27.5 million