Martial Stays As Jose Chase More Strikers

Afternoon Bulletin

MARTIAL TO STAY

Anthony Martial’s agent confirmed that his client will stay at Old Trafford for the coming season. Martial had a difficult season this time around after a sensational start to his United career. But with a dip in playing time, rumors of a potential move to West Ham emerged. But that has now been ruled out. Martial’s agent, Philippe Lamboley said: “Martial has two years left and there is no reason for him to leave Manchester at the moment. If Ed Woodward tells me they want him to leave, things are different. But that is not what he told me during our last meeting.”

A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

Michael Carrick’s testimonial was a resounding success. Goals from Nemanja Vidic, a trademark header from a corner, and Carrick himself saw the United team draw 2-2 with the Carrick All-Stars who had Gaizka Mendieta and Robbie Keane on the scoresheet. Carragher clattering into Neville and the latter’s ‘volley’ made sure the match was amusing, while Giggs and Scholes rolled back the years and reminded United fans of what they are missing.

LACAZETTE NEWS

With United turning to Lacazette, the Frenchman reportedly asked Lyon to reject a bid from Arsenal as the player has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford. Liverpool are also interested in the Frenchman and are reportedly due to meet his representatives next week. Lacazette wants to play Champions League football and is expected to choose either Liverpool or United ahead of Arsenal who were consigned to the Europa League after a fifth place finish.

MORATA LINKS

Alvaro Morata is among a number of players to be linked with United as they chase a striker in this transfer window. The player’s father appeared to confirm United’s interest in a statement to the press. Upon hearing a journalist say that United are the only club interest in the Spaniard, Morata Senior said: “How do you know that? You are a great journalist, but I must stay silent and say nothing more.” Chelsea have also been linked with Morata but have not made a move.

NO MOVE

Gareth Bale revealed that he was happy at the Santiago Bernabeu after a frustrating season. When questioned about links to United, Bale said: “”We are winning trophies and I am happy. I have signed a long-term contract at Madrid. My family is happy and I am happy, so yes we will continue what we are doing. It’s the reason why I came to Real Madrid – to win trophies. We’re enjoying winning them at the moment, so we’ll continue to do so,” Bale added:  “Three Champions Leagues in four seasons isn’t too bad. I think we can get better. We are still quite young as a whole team and we have a great squad.” Bale all but ruled out a move to Old Trafford with his comments.