Marouane Fellaini Says Chance to Play in the Champions League, Reason Behind Transfer Deadline Day Move to Manchester United from Everton

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Sep 05, 2013 02:48 AM EDT
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Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini battles for the ball with Manchester United defender Phil Jones during their English Premier League game, February 10"


Marouane Fellaini said he could not turn down the chance to play in the Champions League, after the Belgian midfielder completed a deadline day transfer from Everton to Manchester United.

Speaking to reporters at Belgium's training base ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Scotland, Fellaini looked back on the chaotic final hours during which he anxiously awaited to complete a move to Old Trafford.

"I know Everton wanted to keep me but I played with them for five years and it was time to leave," the midfielder told Sky Sports News.

"I want to thank Everton for supporting me but it's a new story for me now. I want to win the trophy, play Champions League and with United I can do that."

United had a rather underwhelming summer transfer window, failing in moves for the likes of Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, before botching up the transfers of Ander Herrera and Fabio Coentrao late on deadline day.

The ignominy of not buying a single major player during the summer was avoided by the £27.5 million ($43 million) capture of Fellaini, who admitted to being nervous as the move dragged on right until the final hour.

"It was last minute, last second," he said. "It was difficult but now I'm happy and now I concentrate for Friday (for the World Cup qualifier).

"It was busy but now I'm here I can rest. I don't have the press and I'm happy to be here. Football is like this. The transfer window is like this.

"The most important thing is I am here. It's OK now."

Meanwhile, Rio Ferdinand has played down the repercussions of a lack of new signings at United as well as a difficult start to the season, insisting the team have enough strength to defend the Premier League title they won so easily last year.

"We've got a strong enough squad to win everything," the 34-year-old told the London Evening Standard.

"We won the league at a canter last season and we've not become a bad team overnight.

"We believe strongly in what we have got. And anyway, you can't judge the league after three games."

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