Anthony Martial refused to be a part of Manchester United’s squad for their Premier League clash with Aston Villa as he seemingly edges closer to an Old Trafford exit. The French forward has openly expressed a desire to leave during the January transfer window, but the club will only approve a transfer if their demands are met.
After publicly stating his intention to move on this month, Martial’s hopes of an exit were dashed when United manager Ralf Rangnick revealed the club would only sanction a deal should certain terms be met.
Those terms reportedly include a potential suitor covering the full costs of the 26-year-old’s salary and a loan fee.
Sevilla, in particular, have been rumoured with making an approach for Martial, but are not willing to meet United’s substantial demands.
United want a loan fee and also the player’s wages paid in full to let him leave.
With such stipulations appearing to deter interested clubs, the striker has now resorted to extreme lengths in order to push through a move as his frustrations evidently continue to mount.
“He [Martial] didn’t want to be in the squad,” Rangnick told MUTV following United’s 2-2 draw with Villa on Saturday. “He would have been in the squad normally but he didn’t want to and that was the reason why he didn’t travel with us yesterday.”
Martial hit back on Instagram later in the night: “I will never refuse to play a match for Man United. I’ve been here for seven years and I never disrespected and will never disrespect the club and the fans.”
Following comments made by Martial’s agent Philippe Lamboley, in which he openly declared his client’s desire to seek a new challenge amid a lack of playing time, Rangnick recently outlined some of the conditions over a potential transfer.