Anthony Martial has told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club.
The French international has become a fringe figure at Old Trafford, making only two Premier League starts this season and only four in all competitions.
“We talked a lot on Wednesday,” said United interim manager Ralf Rangnick, revealing the 26-year-old’s desire to leave Old Trafford.
“He explained to me that he has been with Manchester United for seven years now and feels that it is the right time to change, to go somewhere else.
“I think in a way it’s understandable, I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand it is also important to see the situation of the club.
“We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have great ambitions and we want to be as successful as possible.”
Monday 27 December 19:00
Martial became the world’s most expensive teenage footballer when United signed him from Monaco in September 2015. The £ 36m fee, potentially increasing to £ 58m, made him United’s third most expensive signing at the time. after Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata.
Martial made a memorable debut, coming off the bench to score a superb solo goal against Liverpool, and went on to score 79 goals in 268 appearances. But he fell into the pecking order of United forwards after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Edinson Cavani and Jadon Sancho and the emergence of Mason Greenwood.
Rangnick confirmed that there was no concrete interest in Martial prior to the January transfer window and that he could stay at United.
He said: “I told him to listen, as long as there isn’t a club showing interest in him, and it shouldn’t just be in the interest of the player, it should also be in the interest of the club.
“So far, as far as I know, there hasn’t been any offer from any other club and as long as that is the case it will stay.”
Earlier this month, Martial’s agent said exclusively Sky Sports News that the French wanted to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
His representative Philippe Lamboley, executive director of USFA Management, said: “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January. He just needs to play. He does not want to stay in January and I will speak with the club soon.”
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