Jose Mourinho breaks silence on Anthony Martial transfer speculation


Anthony Martial of Manchester United

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists Anthony Martial is in his plans for the coming season, despite speculation linking the forward with Inter Milan.

The Red Devils are still pursuing a move for Ivan Perisic and reports on Tuesday claimed Martial was open to moving in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.

The Frenchman struggled during his second season at the club but has appeared rejuvanated in pre-season and impressed in United’s tour of the United States.

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Martial provided an assist for Juan Mata in United’s 2-1 win against Sampdoria in Dublin on Wednesday night and Mourinho insisted afterwards that he’s staying at the club.

‘Everybody is in the plan. The plan is to have a good squad, not just a good team,’ said Mourinho, when asked directly about Martial.

‘[We need] options because we have important players injured for a long time. They will be back by the end of the year so our squad is not so big and we need options. We need different players.

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‘Lukaku, Martial, Rashford – they are all different players and we need everybody.

‘It’s going to be good, to be funny, to choose the team for every match according to the plan or the opponnent. So the squad is good.’

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