Anthony Martial has revealed that he had several loan options in January, with Barcelona and Juventus being frontrunners. Martial has spent the last seven years at Manchester United but has failed to secure his spot in the first-team, and he eventually chose Sevilla as his pick for a January loan transfer.
Martial’s Loan Options:
Martial left United for a brief 6-months long stint for Sevilla, who managed to compete with Barcelona and Juventus for his signature.
“It’s true. Juventus tried to sign me,” he told Diario de Sevilla. “I was talking to my agent and told him I preferred to go to Sevilla, and it was the best option for my family and me. FC Barcelona talked to my agent. But as I said, I spoke with my agent and told him: ‘My priority is Sevilla.’ And when I say something to someone, I don’t change it; I keep my word.”
The France international also admitted to taking a pay cut to join the Andalucian club until the end of the season. He highlighted the importance of being guaranteed a prominent role on the pitch.
“Both Sevilla and I have made an effort so that I could come,” he added. “I have less salary, but I also know that paying my salary is an effort for the club. So both of us have made an effort. But I know that this effort will be good for both parties. For me, it was the right decision because I knew I was going to play and for me playing was the most important thing.”
“Other big clubs tried to convince me, but I preferred to come to Sevilla because I knew that Sevilla was a perfect club. For me, it was the right decision.”
Martial complimented his new coach for the chance and is excited to play with him. He has asked me to play my game,” he said. “To play freely to help the team. That’s all. For me, Lopetegui is an excellent coach. He has his style. He knows what he wants to do. He wants to contribute to the team. As a person, I think he’s a very good person. Always close to the player. And I think he’s an excellent coach for us.”