NO-NONSENSE RALF RANGNICK has told Anthony Martial – if you want to quit Manchester United tell me to my face.
New Red Devils boss Rangnick is irritated that the striker's agent Philippe Lamboley has said he wants to leave without Martial coming to him first.
And he is refusing to take the first step by addressing the issue with Martial.
“No, because then I would react to what his agent said and it should be the player,” said Rangnick.
“If he really has the wish to go to another club, it should be the player who informs either the board or myself, whomever.
“I don’t communicate with agents via the media and the press. The player hasn’t spoken with me or with us about it.”
Martial has not been in any of Rangnick’s three match day squads so far after claiming to have a knee injury.
Rangnick said: “After the final training session before the Crystal Palace game, after having trained with the team, he informed the doctor and the medical department that he will not be available because the pain on his knee is too big. So we have to wait and see.”
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Martial’s agent claims his lack of game time at United has made up the French forward’s mind to leave next month despite having a contract that runs to June 2024 with the option for an extra year.
Lamboley said: “Anthony wishes to leave the club in January.
“He just needs to play. He doesn’t want to stay in January and I will speak to the club soon.”
The question is which top club would want to buy the 26-year-old given his woeful form over this year and last.
Bought in August 2015 for an initial £35million rising to a possible £58m, Louis van Gaal hailed him as the best player in the world in his then age group.
His best season came in 2019-20 when he hit 23 goals but got only seven last season and one this.
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