An­thony Mar­tial wants to leave Manch­ester United, says agent

The Guardian Australia - - Sport - Mark Dob­son

An­thony Mar­tial wants to leave Manch­ester United, ac­cord­ing to his agent. The 22-year-old, who joined United from Monaco for £36m in Septem­ber 2015, has found life at Old Traf­ford in­creas­ingly frus­trat­ing un­der José Mour­inho, with lim­ited op­por­tu­ni­ties from the bench.

The for­ward was not in­cluded in France’s squad for the World Cup hav­ing strug­gled to make much im­pact at United since Mour­inho’s ar­rival.

On Wednesday night, his rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Philippe Lam­bo­ley, in­sisted that “the time has come” for the player to move on.

Lam­bo­ley told RMC Sport: “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.

“It’s im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that he is un­der con­tract and that Manch­ester United will have the last word. We will re­spect the club’s de­ci­sion and he will stick with his com­mit­ment to the end.

“An­thony is dis­ap­pointed be­cause he has shown his love for the club and the sup­port­ers for three sea­sons. With­out the un­con­di­tional sup­port of the fans he would have al­ready asked to leave United. I think he has done his best for three years and it is im­por­tant to re­mem­ber that he scored 11 goals and made 10 as­sists in five months of last sea­son.

“Ev­ery­one will have their opin­ion but I think he needs to re­sume his ca­reer. The time has come.”

An­thony Mar­tial wants to de­part Old Traf­ford, says his agent. Pho­to­graph: Bryn Len­non/Getty Im­ages

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