Sevilla don’t move for the money

Anthony Martial says his loan move to Sevilla from Manchester United will satisfy his need to enjoy football again.

The France international, who has been used sporadically at Old Trafford, has taken a pay cut to join the LaLiga side this week.

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« It’s not just a question of money », Martial noted. “It’s to play and enjoy. That’s all. That’s why I chose to come here, to play and enjoy football again. »

Martial, 26, has made just 11 appearances in all competitions for United this season.

« I want to play more and show what I can do, » he said. “I think Sevilla is the perfect place to do it. I want to score goals, provide assists and be crucial for this team over the next five months. There are a lot of good players in Sevilla and I want to bring my experience to the side.  »

Sevilla fought off competition from Juventus for the signing of Martial.

 » This [negotiation] was not easy,” Martial said. “But from day one I knew I wanted to come to Sevilla and we all worked to make that happen.

 » The coach [Julen Lopetegui] and the athletic director [Monchi] showed a strong interest in me and that’s what convinced me to come here.

 » They [Sevilla] wanted me in the past and we kept in touch. They contacted me recently and told me that I could help them. »

Sevilla are second in La Liga and are in contention for their seventh Europa League crown.

« I want to help the club achieve its goals, » he said. « We have to be consistent in La Liga and do our best knowing that there are other big clubs who want to win the title. »

“I have been training a lot in the last few months. I want to adapt to the team as soon as possible and communicate well with my teammates to help them achieve the goals for the season. I am ready to play. »

Martial, who has a contract with United until June 2024 with an option for a further year, is ready to extend his stay at Sevilla beyond this summer.

« I joined the team for five months, but you never know what the future holds, » said the striker.

Martial becomes the latest Frenchman to arrive in Spain and has been asked about his French team-mate and Real Madrid star Karim Benzema.

« Karim is a great player, one of the best in the world, » he said. « He could have won the Ballon d’Or this year. I’m happy to play in the same league as him. »

Martial has scored 79 goals in 269 appearances for United since joining in 2015 from Monaco. Sevilla are four points behind league leaders Real Madrid and will resume La Liga on February 5 at Osasuna.

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