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‘The lost star’ – Permanent Martial move to Sevilla under threat amid Lopetegui ‘anger’

Anthony Martial

The permanent transfer of Manchester United’s Anthony Martial to Sevilla this summer has come under threat amid claims the forward is ‘angry’ at manager Julen Lopetegui.

Martial made just eight Premier League appearances for United in the first half of the season. He fell down the pecking order due to squad competition from Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani, among others.

The Frenchman’s agent then revealed his desire to leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis to get regular game time.

That transfer came about in January as Sevilla took 26-year-old Martial on loan for the remainder of the campaign.

Martial made his debut in a La Liga match against Osasuna, playing 77 minutes in a goalless draw.

He registered an assist in Sevilla’s next match as they beat Elche 2-0 at home. And the attacker then opened his account with a goal in the Europa League win over Dinamo Zagreb.

Reports suggest Martial could make his loan switch permanent in the summer. After all, United don’t have much need for him due to their wealth of attacking options.

Anthony Martial is ‘the lost star’

But that transfer could be under threat following an update from Sport Witness, who cite Spanish outlet Marca. In their report, Martial is called ‘the lost star’.

The player was hauled off before the hour mark in a disappointing 0-0 draw with Real Sociedad on Sunday. According to the report, he is ‘angry’ with Lopetegui for this decision.

Anthony Martial playing for Sevilla

In addition, Martial is ‘frustrated’ with his wider situation at Sevilla. He has not had the desired impact, having found the net just once in eight games.

This sentiment is shared by Sevilla, as they put a significant amount of money into the loan deal and are yet to reap the rewards.

Player talks Man Utd exit

Earlier this month, Martial broke his silence to detail the exact reasons for his United exit. He also spoke about his joy playing in Spain, although that feeling may have changed in recent days.

“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.”

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