The relationship between Manchester United and Anthony Martial might have reached a new low. Both teams are having talks regarding a potential contract extension, but these have not been as smooth as many expected.
The former Monaco star has been a productive player for The Red Devils since joining the side in the summer of 2015, but he has been moved to a secondary role this season. The emergence of Jesse Lingard, the arrival of Romelu Lukaku and the presence of Alexis Sanchez has left him below in Jose Mourinho’s pecking order. And right now, no one knows whether the French forward will remain with the club or not in the long-term picture.
However, Manchester United believe the 22-year-old forward won’t go anywhere. In fact, a recent report from ESPN understands that Manchester United are preparing fresh contract talks with Martial. The versatile forward has roughly 15 months left in his current deal, but there is an option to extend it for an additional 12 months this next summer.
A proven player with proven success
Martial has 129 appearances for United throughout his career, scoring 36 goals. He has already won the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and the UEFA Europa League with United, while also representing France in the 2016 EURO Championship.
The talent is there and he has a lot of experience for a 22-year-old. But he might want to get some assurances before inking a new deal with the team. He has struggled to break into the first team of late, and he needs to know he will play on a regular basis to sign a new deal. Otherwise, he might choose to move elsewhere. Tottenham are keen to make a move for him, but so far PSG and Monaco, just to name two teams outside of England.
Only time will tell whether Martial remains with the team or not. But Manchester United should do everything they can to keep him within the squad. After all, not many 22-year-old players have the kind of success he has had early in his career. And he has enough talent to become a building block for the club in the long-term picture.