Morgan Schneiderlin has revealed Wayne Rooney had to ask him who Anthony Martial was when it emerged he was set for Manchester United.
Martial has returned to France after successfully completing a medical ahead of his proposed £36million transfer to Old Trafford.
News of United’s interest in the Frenchman did not emerge until Monday – and seemingly came as a surprise to Rooney.
“To be honest, Wayne Rooney came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was, because the English press had started to speak,” Schneiderlin told reporters at France’s training base at Clairefontaine.
“I told him he’s a great player with great potential, who has played some good matches with Monaco last season and the beginning of this.
“I told him he is technical and powerful. A little like Therry Henry, even if it’s the press who are making that comparison.”
Martial will become the most expensive teenager in the history of football if he joins United, but Schneiderlin does not believe it should play on the mind of his potential new team-mate.
“The size of the fee? If he wants my advice, it is to ignore it,” Schneiderlin added. “The media will talk a lot and will expect him to score many goals. But he must remember his qualities and play like he knows how. He can’t be paralysed by it. I think everything will go well.”