Man Utd had reportedly been expected to move forward with contract talks with one of their star names, but reports claim that no such progression has been made.
At a time when doubts are already surfacing over Paul Pogba’s future at the club, as noted by The Express, the last thing United supporters want to read about is issues regarding another key player.
According to RMC Sport though, contract talks with Anthony Martial have stalled, as after a meeting last year over the possibility of a new deal, it’s claimed that the club haven’t put an offer on the table since.
It’s not an immediate concern at least as the French international is contracted to the Red Devils until 2019, while United have an option to extend for another year.
In turn, the 22-year-old will be confident that they will do so given his impact this season and his room for growth, as he’s bagged 11 goals and provided nine assists in 37 appearances in all competitions.
However, with the report adding that Martial has even stopped house hunting in Manchester which is a concerning bit of insight, and with Tottenham, Inter and Real Madrid all specifically mentioned as interested parties, it does start to paint a more worrying picture over whether or not his long-term future lies at Old Trafford.
Martial is a talented young player, and despite his role regressing from his first campaign with Man Utd when he was a central figure for former boss Louis van Gaal in his breakout season, he still has an important part to play under Jose Mourinho even if he isn’t always a starter.
Nevertheless, unless progress is made in contract talks moving forward, it will only lead to further question marks over his future the closer he gets to the end of his current deal. Coupled with the additional competition added with the January arrival of Alexis Sanchez, Mourinho will have to find a balance to ensure that he remains involved in his plans moving forward.