MANCHESTER United forward Anthony Martial admits he is expecting to return to Old Trafford after struggling during his loan spell with Sevilla.
The Frenchan took a pay-cut from his reported £130,000 a week deal to secure a move away from the club in January, but has scored just once since.
Anthony Martial hoped a loan move to Sevilla would revitalise his career, but he has struggled to make an impact in La Liga.Credit: Getty
Martial, 26, expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford after talks with interim Manchester United manager Ralf Ragnick early in the January transfer window.
A deal with Sevilla looked to have fallen through after the Spanish club refused to pay a loan fee and cover half of his wages.
A compromise was found which enabled Martial to move until the end of the season, but no purchase clause was included in the deal.
He told ABC Sevilla: “I see it very complicated to be able to continue at Sevilla.”
The French international scored his first Sevilla goal in his Europa League debut for the Spanish side, but suffered a hamstring injury in the following league game just days later.
He missed three matches, but since returning has now gone seven games without a goal or assist.
He added: “I know I can be at a higher level, and I work for it, but first the injury, then the adaptation to a new club and a new city, is being difficult for me because of the language barrier.
“I came knowing that it would be six months and then I would surely have to return to Manchester United.
“I’m very happy with the experience of playing in a new club, as big as Sevilla and having minutes again. If we manage to be a top four team, we will have achieved the goal and I will be happy for the fans, who have been very good to me since I arrived.”
Martial became the world’s most expensive teenage footballer when he moved from Monaco to Manchester United for an initial £36m in 2015.
He scored 18 times during an impressive debut season.
Despite struggling to replicate that form he showed enough promise to earn a new five-year deal in January 2019.
That deal will run through to the summer of 2024.