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01st Mar 2019

Marouane Fellaini scores winner on Chinese Super League debut

Jack O'Toole

Former Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini scored the winner for Shandong Luneng Taishan during his Chinese Super League debut on Friday.

Fellaini moved to China from Manchester in January after it became clear that he was a peripheral figure at United under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Fellaini joins former Southampton striker Graziano Pellè at the club and he scored the only goal in Shandong’s 1-0 win over Beijing Renhe.

Fellaini is rumoured to be on a £235,000 per week wage packet with Shandong but he insisted that his move to the far east was not solely driven by financial motivations.

“Not me,” he told Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad. “I see this as a challenge at a club that has it all. Literally. You should see our medical and technical facilities. I love being here.

“With the Asian Champions League, I’ll have to play two games a week here as well. I won’t be able to get more rest than in England every week. But okay, it’s true that the intensity is different here.”

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