Manchester United have this afternoon confirmed that Anthony Martial has put pen to paper on a dew deal with the club.
23-year-old winger/forward Martial has been on United’s books since the summer of 2015, when the Red Devils agreed to splash out a fee with the potential to rise to £58 million to secure the Frenchman’s signature from Monaco.
And Martial has since gone on to establish himself as a firm fan favourite at Old Trafford, despite having long-struggled to hold down a consistent starting spot over recent seasons.
All told, since his arrival in England, Martial has racked up 46 goals and 28 assists across 161 appearances for United.
‘Wants to leave’
Despite his impressive exploits for the Red Devils, though, the 18-time capped French international was actually heavily-linked with a transfer last summer, amid struggles for playing under Jose Mourinho.
In fact, Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, even went as far as to confirm his client’s intention to depart Old Trafford during an interview with RMC Sport in June:
‘After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. There are lots of factors, and right now it’s too early to talk about them. Manchester United want Anthony to extend his deal and do not want him to leave. But we have not reached an agreement for several months.’
‘I think that when Manchester United, the most powerful club in the world, do not find an agreement after eight months of negotiations then they do not really want to keep such an important player in their squad. That’s why this decision has come. It’s a well-thought-out decision.’
‘Everyone will have their opinion. But I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come.’
Martial’s new deal
In the end, United firmly shut down the possibility of Martial’s departure, though, with the gifted attacker having since gone on to enjoy a more prominent role to this point in the current campaign.
The appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Old Trafford bodes well for the 23-year-old moving forward, with Martial’s talents in keeping with the fast-paced, attacking brand of football favoured by the United boss.
And, as per the aforementioned update this afternoon, on the back of mounting rumours that the Frenchman was inching closer to committing his long-term future to the Red Devils, Martial has penned a new Manchester United contract.
The former Monaco man’s management company first posted the following on Instagram:
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 31, 2019
And Martial himself subsequently went on to confirm that he was ready to put pen to paper on fresh terms at Old Trafford:
Il y en a un qui est entrain de signer la 🤝 pic.twitter.com/2oTYjnooRK
— 2024 🔜 (@MartialTime) January 31, 2019
Finally, the last few minutes have seen United themselves make Martial’s new contract official:
Today just got a whole lot better! 😄 #MUFC
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2019