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Martial close to signing Manchester United contract extension

Manchester United are close to tying Anthony Martial down to a new five year deal according to reports this evening.

The relatively unknown Frenchman moved to Manchester United from Monaco in 2015 for an initial fee of around £38 million, but quickly found himself being adored by his new supporters, coming off the bench to make his debut against Liverpool before scoring a sensational solo goal.

He would go on to become the clubs top scorer in his first season at the club under the management of Louis van Gaal, where he scored 17 goals in 49 appearances and helped the club to FA Cup glory.

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However, under the management of Jose Mourinho, Martial has struggled to hit a consistent vein of form and has found himself in-and-out of the United side.

He was heavily linked with a move away from Old Trafford last summer, with Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal all interested in his services, although Manchester United’s hierarchy was unwilling to sell the talented youngster to a Premier League rival.

The Red Devils recently triggered a one-year contract extension clause to keep him at the club until 2020, although his agent said he was ‘very pessimistic‘ about the possibility of a more long term deal being agreed.

However, according to Sky Sports, the forward is now ‘close to reaching an agreement’ on a new five year deal with the club.

The 23-year-old has been much improved this season and is currently United’s joint top scorer with nine goals, and has started four of the five Premier League games under the management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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