Anthony Martial has revealed his lack of gametime at Manchester United prompted his exit – and even a promise from Ralf Rangnick came too late to change his mind.
Martial is currently on loan at Sevilla from Man Utd. He signed up with the Spanish club in January on a deal until the end of the season. It came after he managed just two Premier League starts in 2021-22.
The Frenchman has endured a range of highs and lows during his time as a United player. However, it got to a point that his mind was made up about leaving.
He has now opened up on his temporary exit from Old Trafford and how he chose Sevilla to rediscover his love for the game.
“For me, it was the best option to play and enjoy football again,” Martial told the Daily Mail. “I lost it a little bit in Manchester because I was not playing.
“I feel very good in Sevilla. The city is very good and we are a good team so, for me, it’s perfect. I’m playing so I’m happy.
“But I’m here just until the end of the season and that’s it.”
Indeed, there is no option to buy in Sevilla’s deal for Martial. Any chance of a permanent transfer has already been ruled out. That said, he could seek another new adventure elsewhere.
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Martial will only have two years left on his contract with Man Utd by the summer. But he claims the club are already aware of his wishes, having told Ralf Rangnick upon his appointment – despite the interim manager offering him more hope.
“I asked United to leave because I wanted to play,” he said. “I still have a contract but they know what I want, so we will see at the end of the season.
“When he (Rangnick) arrived, my objective was to leave. I told him I wanted to leave and that’s it.
“He talked to me and said, ‘if you want to stay, with the way you train you will play if you keep training like that’. But I wanted to have a new atmosphere and a new club.”
Anthony Martial reveals bigger objective
Another reason for Martial’s desire for a bigger individual platform is his hope of making it to the World Cup.
He was not a member of the France squad that won the 2018 edition, but is hoping to be a part of their trophy defence in Qatar later this year.
“The World Cup for me is an objective,” Martial said. “I want to be part of this group and that’s why I’m here today because I want to play and show I can be in the squad.
“I need to show my quality and score goals.”
Martial has a total of 30 caps for his country, for whom he has scored two goals.