The French forward wants to leave the club, saying “the time has come” to move on.
Anthony Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley has stated that the player wants to leave Manchester United. He said that United does want to extend a deal, but there has been no agreement for several months.
“We have not reached an agreement for several months. [Martial is] disappointed because he has shown his love for the club and the supporters for three seasons,” Lamboley told French outlet RMC Sport.
Martial scored 11 goals this season is 45 appearances. However, after Alexis Sanchez signed for United in the January transfer window, his opportunities were limited.
“After thinking about all the factors and possibilities, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United,” Lamboley said. Lamboley further added that there are many factors beside the lack of playing time, but that it’s not the right time to talk about it.
“I think that when 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,” Lamboley said.
“That’s why this decision has come – it’s a well-thought-out decision,” the player’s agent further added.
Anthony Martial’s lack of playing time this year, and his inconsistent form this season was the major reason behind his exclusion from the 23-member France squad for the world cup this summer in Russia.
“Everyone will have their opinion but I think he needs to resume his career. The time has come,” Lamboley stated.
Martial signed for Manchester United in 2015, under Louis van Gaal. He has since won a UEFA Europa League title, FA Cup, and EFL Cup with the club.