Manchester United forward to be rewarded with new long-term contract – reports


It has been reported that Manchester United forward Anthony Martial is set to be offered a new long-term contract at the Theatre of Dreams. It has been said that the player has rejected a contract previously, which was reported by his agent during the summer, after seemingly being in talks with the club for eight months. The terms offered then are reported to be around the £160,000 a week mark, with current reports stating the new offer will be around £190,000 a week.

Martial, after many reported bust-ups with United manager Jose Mourinho, has recently found his form, scoring five goals in his last six matches for the club, also earning a call-up to the France squad for the upcoming international break. The player is currently in his last year at United, although as part of his original contract, signed back in September 2015, a one-year option could yet be activated, stopping the player from leaving on a free in the summer.

The French international was seemingly not happy last summer, choosing to reject a new contract which saw him being linked with a number of clubs in the summer, including Juventus, who United beat 2-1 at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Wednesday evening, but they later signed Cristiano Ronaldo. Reports emerged after United beat Juventus which suggested the club were again interested in the player. Martial has the talent to become one of the best players in world football, which we all want him to become.

United were reluctant to sell Martial in the summer, seemingly because they knew the talents the player has and the fact he could become a Ballon d’Or winner in the future, which was one of the clauses added into the contract when United signed the player from AS Monaco in 2015. Reports in the media suggest that Martial could be offered a new contract soon, with talks set to begin, which could be sorted out before Christmas, which would be good for the club and the player.

The Sun has published quotes from an apparent Old Trafford source, who allegedly said:

“It would cost us £100m to replace Anthony at least, his future has to be here at United. There have been encouraging signs a deal can be done and also having the 12-month option has crystallised thinking on both sides of the negotiations. United always finds the money when it is in the best interests of the club, and keeping Martial is a top priority at this current time.”

Martial is a player, that when played in the right position, to his strengths, can turn on the magic and become that player capable of devastating the opposition defence. Every United supporter has seen that during his time at the club, which is not something that is happening at every opportunity. Martial’s faction of supporters have blamed the manager, whoever it has been at the time, for his short comings, which looking back is even more cringeworthy.

It is only a matter of time before something happens in this contract scenario. Hopefully, United end up securing the long-term future of the Frenchman. Perhaps him leading the line for United, with Romelu Lukaku out of form and Alexis Sanchez seemingly injured, which could be a great option for the Frenchman ahead of the Manchester derby on Sunday afternoon, which could be the end of a good week for United.

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