Manchester United to extend Martial contract

Manchester United are planning to extend the contract if Anthony Martial, despite the player reportedly wanting to leave.

Martial burst onto the Premier League scene back in 2015, scoring a sensational goal on his Manchester United debut against bitter rivals Liverpool, before going on to finish as the clubs top scorer in his first season at the club.

That first season was under the stewardship of Louis van Gaal, but the arrival of Jose Mourinho at the club in 2016 saw a downturn in Martial’s form. He scored just four Premier League goals in the 2016/17 season, but saw that tally more than double last season, scoring nine times in the league.

However, most of those goals came at the start of the season, with his progress being hampered by the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

Reports recently have suggested that he wants to quit the club this summer, with Spurs one of the clubs having being linked, but according to the Mirror, United are set to deny him that, and are even set to extend his current deal.

The 22-year-olds contract is set to expire in 12 months time, but crucially it includes a clause that can see the club extend it for a further year, keeping him at the club until 2020.

It is thought that while Jose Mourinho has used the Frenchman sparingly at times, he still believes that he can develop into one of the best in the game, and wants Martial to prove that over the course of the season.

Meanwhile, according to the Times, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are keen on the winger, but are unwilling to meet Manchester United’s £89 million (€100m) valuation.

Martial is set to start the first game of the season against Leicester on August 10, potentially as a striker, with Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford on an extended summer break following their exertions at the World Cup.

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