Sevilla have confirmed they have no intention to sign Anthony Martial permanently from Manchester United after admitting their loan deal “didn’t work” out.
Martial was struggling for form in Manchester United during the first half of this season, so in January they sent him away to Sevilla on a six-month loan deal. However, his issues have merely continued in Spain.
It has therefore long been felt that Sevilla would not be looking to buy him on a permanent basis. That has now been confirmed by their club president, Jose Castro.
Castro said: “Anthony Martial will return to Man Utd.
“We spent important money on him but it didn’t work.
“Also, he had injuries and we’re not going to buy him on a permanent deal.”
That will present a dilemma – albeit not an unexpected one – to Manchester United. They are unlikely to have their own plans for Martial, given his decline in recent months.
But the Frenchman, whom they paid an initial £36million for in 2015, is still under contract at Old Trafford until 2024.
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Therefore, if Erik ten Hag does not have space for Martial back with his parent club, United will have to find a new buyer for the attacker.
Previous reports have indicated they are willing to give him a significant pay-off to help along his exit from the club.
At the time, Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi refused to rule out a permanent transfer to the La Liga club. However, his superior Castro has now made their plans – or lack of – clear.
Martial still has time to prove himself
Martial must now make a new start elsewhere. At the age of 26, it is a critical time for his career.
Once such a promising prospect that United broke the transfer record for a teenager, Martial will want to prove he can still make a success of himself. But that is unlikely to be in Seville or Manchester.
Perhaps he would be best off testing himself in a league he has not played in before, even if that didn’t work when it came to La Liga.
With a completely fresh start, Martial might just manage to resurrect his career. But first and foremost, he must concentrate on getting back up to full fitness.