Manchester United remain determined to keep Marouane Fellaini even though there has been no agreement over a new contract.
Fellaini's contract expires on 30 June and the Belgian rejected the club's latest offer in September.
United are confident the impasse will eventually be broken and will reject any offers for the 29-year-old midfielder in January - even though he will be able to leave for nothing in the summer should no agreement be reached.
Fellaini, who joined United for £27m in August 2013, was then-manager David Moyes' first significant signing.
It is understood Fellaini gave up £4m in bonuses in order to ensure the transfer went through.
His fortunes at United have fluctuated. He was booed by his own supporters in December 2016 when he warmed up as a substitute during a game against Tottenham at Old Trafford.
However, since then, Fellaini has become a more popular figure.
He scored in the Europa League semi-final victory over Celta Vigo and also started in the 2-0 win over Ajax in the final.
And when he was linked with a move to Galatasaray in the summer, United manager Jose Mourinho said the Turkish club had more chance of signing him than Fellaini.
He has missed part of this season with injury but has scored four goals in nine games.
It is understood Fellaini has a good relationship with Mourinho, which could be a key factor in the player's eventual decision.