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Anthony Martial end transfer speculation by penning new five-and-a-half-year contract worth £200,000 a week

Anthony Martial has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Manchester United worth £200,000 a week.

The Frenchman, whose previous deal was due to expire next summer, has now committed himself to United until the end of the 2023-24 season.

Martial’s improved contract also includes the option of a further year, which could take his stay at Old Trafford to a decade.  

MARTIAL AT UNITED 

Appearances: 161

Starts: 118 

Goals: 46

Assists: 26

Mins per goal: 231.5 

Speaking after putting pen to paper, Martial said: ‘I am loving my time at this club. 

‘From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.

‘I would like to thank Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level. This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away.’

Solskjaer paid tribute to Martial, who has helped him win eight and draw one of his first nine games in charge since replacing Jose Mourinho in December.

‘Anthony is one of those naturally gifted players that any coach would love to work with,’ Solskjaer said.

‘For a young man, he has a good footballing brain which, when coupled with his exceptional talent, makes for a player with an exciting future ahead of him. 

‘This is the perfect club for Anthony to progress his development as a top-class forward and we are all delighted he has signed a long-term deal.’ 

Martial was reluctant to commit his future to United while Mourinho was in charge, but his agent, Philippe Lamboley, agreed terms earlier this week.

United triggered a 12-month extension in Martial’s previous deal to ensure he did not leave Old Trafford as a free agent at the end of the season. 

The former Monaco starlet, who has scored 46 goals in 161 appearances for United, has established himself as a regular under Solskjaer, despite missing Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Burnley due to a minor injury.

United now hope to persuade David de Gea to sign a long-term contract after also activating the 12-month option on his deal until June 2020.

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