Anthony Martial's Sevilla future 'very complicated' and the forward likely to make Man United return

MANCHESTER United forward Anthony Martial admits he is expecting to return to Old Trafford after struggling during his loan spell with Sevilla.

The Frenchan took a pay-cut from his reported £130,000 a week deal to secure a move away from the club in January, but has scored just once since.

Martial, 26, expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford after talks with interim Manchester United manager Ralf Ragnick early in the January transfer window.

A deal with Sevilla looked to have fallen through after the Spanish club refused to pay a loan fee and cover half of his wages.

A compromise was found which enabled Martial to move until the end of the season, but no purchase clause was included in the deal.

He told ABC Sevilla: "I see it very complicated to be able to continue at Sevilla."

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The French international scored his first Sevilla goal in his Europa League debut for the Spanish side, but suffered a hamstring injury in the following league game just days later.

He missed three matches, but since returning has now gone seven games without a goal or assist.

He added: “I know I can be at a higher level, and I work for it, but first the injury, then the adaptation to a new club and a new city, is being difficult for me because of the language barrier.

"I came knowing that it would be six months and then I would surely have to return to Manchester United.

“I’m very happy with the experience of playing in a new club, as big as Sevilla and having minutes again. If we manage to be a top four team, we will have achieved the goal and I will be happy for the fans, who have been very good to me since I arrived.”

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Martial became the world's most expensive teenage footballer when he moved from Monaco to Manchester United for an initial £36m in 2015.

He scored 18 times during an impressive debut season.

Despite struggling to replicate that form he showed enough promise to earn a new five-year deal in January 2019.

That deal will run through to the summer of 2024.

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