Manchester United winger Anthony Martial has reportedly turned down a contract extension offer but talks are still ongoing between the two parties, claim Sky Sports.
The Frenchman has been one of the key performers this season under Jose Mourinho and the United hierarchy have been determined to keep him. The club understands that Martial has a lot to offer and the 22-year-old can fulfil his potential at Old Trafford.
Martial’s current contract runs out in the summer of 2019. Although there is an option to extend the winger’s contract by one year, till the summer of 2020, United want to tie Martial up to a new long-term contract. Despite rejecting a recent contract renewal offer, it is believed that talks have progressed between the two parties and United are confident that the Frenchman will put pen to paper on a new long-term deal very soon.
Martial excelled in his debut season for the ‘Red Devils’ in 2015, after being signed for £58million from Monaco, making him the most expensive teenager in the world at that time. Under ex-manager Luis Van Gaal the youngster scored 17 goals in his debut season for United. But his numbers shockingly hit rock bottom under current boss Mourinho. Since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, the youngster has had limited first-team action and quite clearly he doesn’t like the situation.
After such a blistering start at the club, the Frenchman managed to net only four Premier league goals the following season and just nine league goals last season. The forward’s relationship with Mourinho has been questioned since the summer transfer window when the Portuguese coach was believed to willing to let Martial leave the club. The 22-year-old’s agent even confronted in public that his client is not happy and wants to leave Old Trafford.
Martial has featured in only seven Premier League matches and three UEFA Champions League games for United this season, finding the net five times. It is quite clear by now that the club wants to keep him but with his contract expiring next summer, many other clubs are interested too. After the renewal of Luke Shaw made the 23-year-old one of the highest paid defenders in the world, only a lucrative deal with proper terms is likely to convince the winger.