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03rd Sep 2015

Anthony Martial responds to claims Wayne Rooney didn’t know who he was


It won’t be hard for Wayne Rooney to spot Anthony Martial at their first Manchester United training session together – he will be the lad with the £36m price-tag floating over his head.

Rooney was not the only footballer, or football fan, asking ‘Anthony who?’ when United were reported to be sealing a deal for the teenage striker.

The former Monaco frontman, who has only 52 games (29 starts) in top flight football, will cost United £36m (€49m) over four seasons and a further £22m (€30m) if he hits some heady targets in the future – top goalscorer, Ballon D’or, etc.

Despite Manchester United dropping a ridiculous amount of money on the player, Morgan Schneiderlin revealed that United captain Wayne Rooney had no idea who he was, saying: “Wayne came to speak to me and asked me who Martial was because the English press had started to speak.”

Naturally enough, at Martial’s first press conference at Old Trafford, he was asked about Rooney’s ignorance.

“It’s normal that he [Rooney] does not know me,” Martial replied. “I have not played in Ligue 1 a lot and this is the first time I’m in the France team. But I’m happy to go there.

“Rooney is a great player and I will progress a lot with him.”

BRUGGE, BELGIUM - AUGUST 25: Wayne Rooney of Manchester United warms up during the Manchester United training session held at Jan Breydel Stadium on August 25, 2015 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

With the add-ons an open secret at this stage, Martial was asked how it feels to (potentially) be an €80m player.

“I don’t know if I’m worth €80 million,” he admitted. “I do not think about the amounts. The amount is between the two clubs. I do not put myself under particular pressure.

“Sure it’s crazy enough for a player of my age. This is the football market and I can not help it, it’s between the two clubs. I try to ignore and concentrate only on the field.”