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Au Revoir Martial?

Anthony Martial has turned down a five-year contract offer from Manchester United and wants to leave in the summer, according to reports in France.

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French outlet RMC Sport say the 22-year-old has declined United’s five deal offer because he wants to leave Old Trafford for regular football. It is claimed Juventus, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are interested in Martial, who has become frustrated at his lack of opportunities. The forward’s current deal runs until the summer of 2019, but he is said to have refused to extend his terms. The attacker started the season brightly but the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez limited his chances further. Martial has registered 11 goals and ten assists this season, most of which have come in the Europa League and cup competitions. The competition for places at Manchester United has never been higher as they bid to close the gap at the top of the Premier League. Manchester United tickets available here at  Football Ticket Pad. United paid £36 million up front for Martial from Monaco back in 2015 , but his contract contains three bonus clauses worth £7.2 million each, taking the potential fee to £57.6 million. The Red Devils will be looking to recoup the majority of that fee before he enters the final year of his contract making him available for a cut-price fee. Last month it was claimed Martial had spoken to France team-mate Blaise Matuidi about life at Juventus. And his agent fuelled the reports by declining to comment on whether Martial would be at the club next season. Philippe Lamboley said: “Will he stay in Manchester in the summer? I’m sorry, but at the moment I cannot say anything else about it.” The French star was already battling for minutes last season behind the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Marcus Rashford and the Frenchman is keen to fulfil his potential elsewhere following the summer arrival of Romelu Lukaku and more recently, Alexis Sanchez. Likewise, Marcus Rashford is understood to be frustrated by a lack of game time and is considering quitting. A United source said: “Marcus was really unhappy with being left out for the derby against Manchester City. “If Mourinho is still there next season, Marcus might not be, as he wants to start every game.” 

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