Jose Mourinho still hopes Marouane Fellaini can be persuaded to stay at Manchester United as the Belgium midfielder edges towards leaving as a free agent this summer.

Fellaini has rejected United’s offer of a new contract and is being linked with a number of clubs, notably Besiktas and Fenerbahce in Turkey.

The 30-year-old has not played since the end of January after succumbing to a persistent knee injury sustained on international duty in October, and Mourinho expects him back in action next month.

But the United boss is uncertain if Fellaini, a £27.5million signing from Everton in 2013, will stay beyond the end of the season as he considers his options.

‘Is he going to stay or leave? I don't know,’ said Mourinho. ‘I want him to stay, the club want him to stay. The process – negotiations, numbers, distances between the offer and what he wants – I really don't know.

‘He's still a young player. His injury, he had a little surgery but minor surgery, and he will be back to play again in a couple of weeks.

'So if we proceed in the Champions League after Sevilla, I think he will be ready for a hypothetical quarter-final, a hypothetical FA Cup semi-final, for the last couple of months of our Premier League fight.’