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Anthony Martial’s agent shoots down Juventus rumours but would not confirm the players future at Manchester United

Anthony Martial has been fiercely linked to Juventus in recent weeks after it was reported that Juventus director met Doyen Sports CEO Nelio Lucas in London whilst the Italian side were in the capital for their UEFA Champions League clash with Tottenham Hotspur. Of course, many Manchester United supporters believed the reports, failing to spot a simple fact, Doyen does not represent the Frenchman, Philippe Lamboley does. Facts seem to end speculation and not one of the major newspapers in the United Kingdom did any fact-checking. We did!

Lamboley has spoken about the claims that Juventus were aiming to sign the 22-year-old, confirming that Doyen have nothing to do with the player and he himself had not spoken to anyone from the Serie A side. I guess it is one of those cases where the media reported on a claim from Italy, which seems to have spread far and wide, not one single qualified (I use that term lightly) journalist actually delved into the rumour to find out whether it was fact or fallacy. I guess those are the standards in journalism today – click bait generates revenue, informing of the truth doesn’t.

On Monday, Lamboley spoke to Il Bianconero where he stoked the fire which seems to have spread in the media, despite the majority of the reports being as factual as reports in the 1980’s that a London bus was found on the moon. Lamboley did not confirm anything, including whether his client would remain at Manchester United this summer. There have been many reports speculation the number of departures from the Old Trafford club this season, but Martial is not expected to be one of these casualties. Lamboley, reported by Sport Witness, said:

“Will he stay at Manchester in the summer? At the moment, I cannot say anything else about it.”

Martial has undoubted talent at United and the club needs to ensure they keep hold of him. There were suggestions of a new contract for the Frenchman but reports, which started with RMC Sport a month or so ago claimed that talks between the player, his representatives and the Old Trafford hierarchy were not heading anywhere fast. This could have been another false claim, a journalist becoming ahead of themselves, or even factual reporting. Not being partial to any of the talks, or information about them for that matter, it would be unfair to suggest anything otherwise.

This season has not been the greatest for Martial, despite it being better than last season. He’s scored 11 competitive goals in all competitions for his club, assisting a further seven goals. In his debut season at the club, the Frenchman scored 17 goals, just six short of that figure at this stage of the season with United having eight more Premier League matches to play, two of which are awaiting rescheduling, plus at least one more Emirates FA Cup match. He could end up having his best season at United, despite it not being all that great for so many reasons.

Out of the 40 appearances Martial has made for the Old Trafford club this season, he has started 24 matches, coming off the bench 16 times. Granted, at the start of the season, either Marcus Rashford or Martial started on the left, the other coming on towards the end of matches, which is where Martial has scored a few of his goals this season. Since the arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Martial has been underused, despite having a spell on the sidelines through injury, and when he has played with the Chilean, he’s been moved over to the right to accommodate him.

Martial is a great talent with the world at his feet, but it is widely known about some problems, namely with his attitude. Not being able to confirm this, other than rumour and references to it in some articles over the last two seasons, again it is not something I will treat as fact. Every young player needs to have the confidence and the backing of the manager and I believe Martial has not received that. Playing him and any other player who has the talent, to their strengths, will go a long way to instilling them with the confidence to succeed. Manchester United need to do this, now.

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