Anthony Martial’s keen desire to leave Manchester United saw him seal a loan move to Sevilla in January.
The Red Devils player’s stay at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán lasts until the end of the season and the La Liga side do not have an option to make his deal permanent in the summer.
His time with Julen Lopetegui’s side has been hindered by injuries, with the latest setback coming during Sevilla’s 2-3 defeat against Real Madrid at the weekend. The Manchester United man has managed a goal and an assist from 11 matches in all competitions.
Last week, the France international admitted his adaptation at the Spanish club has been made difficult due to injuries and the language barrier. The forward further stressed it is “very complicated” for him to continue with Lopetegui’s side beyond his loan deal.
However, Sevilla sporting director Monchi has not closed the door to retain Martial beyond this season. To do that, they will have to find a new agreement with Manchester United.
“Martial is a magnificent player, he is very good, but he has arrived without knowing the language, the city… he has had injuries,” Monchi told Radio Sevilla, relayed by Diario de Sevilla.
“He has a high cost, because he cost €80m, and a very high salary, although we don’t have to pay for everything, because a good negotiation was made when we got his [loan] transfer. I don’t close the door to his continuity, although there are many things to see.
“Unfortunately, it is difficult to analyse Martial’s performances when he has been injured and now, he has been injured again.
“His loan deal has been less expensive than people think, but it is still an important bet. Nothing of six or seven million. He is a player who needs to be one hundred percent because of his muscles. Yesterday he was playing a good game [against Real Madrid].”
Sevilla take on Cádiz CF in their next league tie and Monchi has confirmed Martial will miss the midweek fixture.
“For Thursday he will surely not be there, it does not look good. Several weeks? No, no, because then I would die, we hope that he can play again in the remainder of the season,” he explained.