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Rangnick reveals what he told Martial in transfer meeting

Anthony Martial, Ralf Rangnick
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The Red Devils forward has explained his desire to leave Old Trafford to the coach.

Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has confirmed Anthony Martial’s wish to leave, but he added that no offers have arrived at the club’s doorstep so far.

The Frenchman’s agent, Philippe Lamboley, confirmed over two weeks ago that the forward intends to end a six-and-a-half-year stay at Old Trafford in January after slipping down the pecking order.

Reports have linked Juventus, Barcelona, and Sevilla with moves for Martial.

However, upon holding face-to-face talks with the player, Rangnick has revealed there is no concrete interest from other clubs as of now.

Rangnick lifts the lid on Martial talks

“We spoke at length on Wednesday,” the German told reporters in a press conference on Sunday evening.

“He explained to me he’s been at Manchester United now for the last seven years and he feels it’s the right time for a change, to go somewhere else.

“I think in a way this is understandable. I could follow his thoughts, but on the other hand, it’s also important to see the situation of the club.

“We have Covid times, we have three competitions in which we still have high ambitions and want to be as successful as we can be.”

Rangnick added: “I told him listen, as long as there is no club showing interest in him, and it should not only be in the interest of the player it should also be in the interest of the club.

“So far, as far as I know, there has been no offer from any other club and as long as this is the case he will stay.”

What about Pogba?

The interim boss, however, could not provide any clarity on Paul Pogba’s future. The Frenchman enters the final six months of his contract in January, meaning he will be able to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club for next season.

Pogba has returned to Manchester from Dubai to continue his rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

He is yet to resume training at the club’s Carrington complex and needs another two weeks at least to return to match fitness.

Manchester United return to action on Monday night away to Newcastle for their first Premier League match in a fortnight.