Antony Martial may “search for another club” this summer, says David Ginola, with a lack of game time at Manchester United stunting his progress.
While considered to be an exciting talent and still held in the highest regard by clubs across Europe, the 22-year-old has slipped down the pecking order at OId Trafford.
Jose Mourinho has taken to favouring other options, with Martial’s lack of game time leading to him missing out on a place in France’s squad for World Cup 2018.
Former Les Bleus star Ginola feels the highly-rated forward is now approaching an important career crossroads, with it up to him to determine whether his development is best served at United or elsewhere.
The ex-Tottenham winger said in the Daily Mirror after seeing Martial given 17 minutes off the bench in a 1-0 FA Cup final defeat to Chelsea: “The main reason Anthony Martial is not in the squad is that you need to be a regular in your club before becoming a regular in your national team.
“[Didier] Deschamps has so many options and choices – strikers like Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann who have been consistently good for France – that it’s not as if he has to be in there if he’s not playing.
“Players like Martial need to play and score goals for the confidence, they need to be a regular.
“If he is not a regular at Manchester United he will probably search for another club and find one if he wants to.
“But I think Manchester United is a great club for him and it’s up to him to give more in training and in games.
“If Jose Mourinho doesn’t play him more regularly he probably thinks it’s because he doesn’t give his best all the time.
“I don’t see a manager like Mourinho not playing a player who can make him win games. It doesn’t work like that.”
Amid the uncertainty surrounding his future, with Goal revealing that he has been opened up to offers, Martial has been heavily linked with teams across Europe.
Chelsea and Arsenal are said to be keen on raiding a domestic rival for a powerful frontman, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are among those ready to offer an escape route from England.