Anthony Martial is happy at Manchester United amid rumours Arsenal are interested in signing him next year.
M.E.N. Sport understands the 22-year-old Frenchman is understood to be ‘very content’ at United after making an electric start to his second season under Jose Mourinho, scoring five and assisting five in nine appearances.
United sources acknowledged last term that Martial’s focus was compromised by domestic issues but the forward is settled in Manchester and moved back into the city centre earlier in the year with his partner.
Martial endured a subdued second season at Old Trafford and mulled over a possible mid-season loan move to La Liga side Sevilla, however Mourinho was unprepared to let Martial leave in January. Martial has also repeatedly reiterated his commitment to United on social media.
Even though Martial has started just once in the Premier League this term, Mourinho has evenly rotated him with Marcus Rashford in the last nine matches on the left flank and Martial could be poised to return to the line-up at Liverpool on Saturday. Only Romelu Lukaku has scored more times in the Premier League for United than Martial this term.
“I see a great improvement in the person, in the mood, in the face, in the body language,” Mourinho said of Martial last month. “If you want just a word, in the happiness. He’s a happy guy, he’s working extremely well. He starts matches, he tries to do well.
“He goes from the bench, even if it is for 10 minutes like in the last match at home, he tries to enjoy and try to give something in these extra minutes. I am very pleased with his attitude overall and then it’s easier to play well.”
Weekend reports suggested Arsenal are considering Martial as a replacement for Alexis Sanchez, who appears intent on running down his contract until it expires in the summer.
United signed Martial for a fee rising up to £56million from Monaco in 2015, amid competition from Chelsea. The France forward has won the FA Cup, the EFL Cup and Europa League with the club.