French international Anthony Martial is looking for an opportunity to leave Manchester United, according to his agent. Martial was bought by Manchester United from Monaco in 2015 and he had a great impact under manager Louis van Gaal, scoring 11 goals in 31 Premier League matches during his first season in England. However, since Jose Mourinho took charge, Martial had fewer opportunities to play and even fewer presences in the starting eleven. He made 30 Premier League appearances last season, but just 18 of those were in the starting eleven.
Philippe Lamboley, Anthony Martial's agent, says that the Red Devils want to keep his client, but that he feels it's time for a change in his career. "After considering all possibilities and options, Anthony wants to leave Manchester United," Lamboley said in an interview on a French television network. "There are many reasons, for now it is too early to discuss it. Anthony will talk soon to go through that. Man United want to extend Anthony's deal and they do not want him to leave, but we have not come to an agreement for several months. I think that when Man United, who are the most powerful club, cannot come to an agreement after eight months it is because they really don't want to make him a key player. The decision is related to that. It is a decision that has been thought through thoroughly. However, it is important to remember that he is under contract, Man United have the last word and we will respect the club's decision."
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was asked about Martial's desires after his side's friendly match against MLS team San Jose Earthquakes: "I would like to be in Los Angeles now and I am in San Jose. You cannot do whatever you want in life, I would love to arrive in Los Angeles, to train in Los Angeles and play all my five matches in Los Angeles, and then don't travel, don't change hotel and then go back to Manchester. I would like to play against Leicester on Sunday but I have to play on Friday, so you don't get always in life what you want."
Anthony Martial is 7/2 at SkyBet to leave Manchester United during the current transfer window and he is 11/2 to join Chelsea before the new season starts.