Anthony Martial Tells Manchester United He Wants To Leave

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French striker Anthony Martial has told Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick he wants to leave the club.

Rangnick, who took charge of the Red Devils following the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, said he “spoke at length” on Wednesday with the 26-year-old who told him “it’s the right time for a change'”

However, Rangnick confirmed the club had not yet received an offer for the forward despite rumours speculating interest from Newcastle or a return to Ligue 1.

The player’s agent Philippe Lamboley confirmed earlier this month Martial wanted to leave the club in January, adding he would “speak to the club soon”.

Rangnick said:

“He explained to me that he’s been at Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.”

Martial is yet to feature in any of Rangnick’s games in charge so far, who added:

“I think in a way it is understandable. I could follow his thoughts but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club. We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we have high ambitions and want to be as successful as we can be. So far, as far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and as long as this is the case he will stay.”

Manchester United signed Martial in 2015 from Monaco for £36m, making him the world’s most expensive teenage footballer at the time.

He has scored 79 goals in 268 appearances for the Red Devils but has become a fringe player following the arrivals of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Edinson Cavani – who has also been linked with a move away from Old Trafford.

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