Report: Anthony Martial Still in Man Utd Plans for 2018-19 Despite Exit Talk

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 14, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Anthony Martial of Manchester Untied during the FA Cup Final between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley Stadium on May 19, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)
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Anthony Martial is reportedly part of Manchester United's plans for next season, and the Premier League giants are not interested in selling him despite the Frenchman's agent recently saying his client "wants to leave."

Per Sky Sports News, United are eager for the 22-year-old to sign a new contract—his deal is set to expire in 2019—and continue at Old Trafford, but Tottenham Hotspur "have a longstanding interest" in him. 

Martial's agent, Philippe Lamboley, is not convinced the Red Devils are committed to making the France international a major figure at the club. He told RMC (via Get French Football News):

"After looking at all the possibilities and different factors, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United. ... Manchester United want Anthony to sign an extension and do not want him to leave but we have not found an agreement of 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, it is because they do not really want to make him an important member of the squad."

Under Jose Mourinho last term, Martial showed glimpses of the impressive form that made his debut season at United such a personal success in 2015-16. 

He netted nine goals and provided five assists in the 2017-18 Premier League campaign as United finished second.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 21:  Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between Sevilla FC and Manchester United at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on February 21, 2018 in Seville, Spain.
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Often, though, the former Monaco man had to make his impact from the bench. Of the 30 league appearances he made last term, 12 of them came as a substitute.

And his starting opportunities became particularly limited following Alexis Sanchez's arrival from Arsenal in January.

The Chile international favours Martial's preferred role on the left side of attack, and Mourinho made it fairly clear Sanchez was the top option in the position.

Martial made an instant impact at Old Trafford after signing for an initial £36 million in September 2015, scoring from the bench on his debut against Liverpool.

He has been a fan favourite ever since, and the United faithful will likely welcome the club's reported position that he is not for sale.

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