Manchester United

Anthony Martial refuses to rule out permanent Sevilla move

Tom Gott
Martial has joined Sevilla on loan
Martial has joined Sevilla on loan / Fran Santiago/GettyImages

Anthony Martial has refused to rule out a permanent move to Sevilla and has confessed he is looking forward to enjoying football once again.

Martial asked to leave Manchester United this month after tumbling down the pecking order, and after a public disagreement with interim manager Ralf Rangnick, eventually accepted a pay cut to seal a six-month loan to Sevilla.

There is no option to buy Martial permanently in the loan contract, but the Frenchman has left the door open to a long-term stay in Spain.

"I have joined for five months but you never know what the future holds," Martial told Sevilla TV.

"It's not just about money. It's to play and to enjoy it. That's it. That's why I chose to come here, to play and to enjoy football again.

"I want to play more and show what I can do. I believe Sevilla is the perfect place to do that.

"I want to score goals, provide assists and be crucial for this team in the next five months. There are many good players at Sevilla and I want to bring my experience to the side."

Martial remains under contract at United until 2024 and the Red Devils have the option to extend that by a further year, so they are in no rush to part ways with the 26-year-old and make a loss on the £36m they paid to sign him back in 2015.

United agreed to waive a loan fee to allow Martial to join Sevilla, but they are reluctant to do the same for Jesse Lingard, whose proposed loan switch to Newcastle is on the brink of collapse.