Former AS Monaco director Luis Campos has revealed that Anthony Martial’s transfer to from the French outfit to England giants Manchester United still brings him enormous pride.
Anthony Martial joined Monaco from Lyon in June 2013, for a fee of €5 million plus bonuses. The forward spent two seasons at the Ligue 1 club, before leaving for Premier League mammoths Manchester United.
The Frenchman joined the Red Devils on the deadline day of the 2015 summer transfer window. He joined Louis van Gaal’s side on a four-year deal, and for a transfer fee of £36 million, potentially rising to £58 million, thereby becoming the most expensive teenage footballer in the process.
The 20-year-old hit the ground running at the Old Trafford club on his debut itself, by scoring an impressive goal against United’s arch-rivals Liverpool. He has since become an important part of the United squad, and scored 15 goals and bagged 11 assists for the Reds last season.
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He does feature heavily in current manager Jose Mourinho’s plans as well, but is yet to find the back of the net this season.
Speaking of Martial, Luis Campos, the former director of Monaco, has revealed how proud he still feels regarding the France international’s move to the Theatre of Dreams.
In a recent interview with Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Campos was asked about which players bring him the most amount of pride with respect to transfers.
He replied: “There are cases which are more famous than others, but the signing of Martial from Lyon for €5m when he had just turned 17, and then to sell him after an year and a half, for €80m (after bonuses), ends up being an extremely big case.”
He was then asked if any doubts are raised regarding the recruitments he makes, to which he answered: “Yes, but that’s part of this job. Criticism is something to which I have become accustomed for many years, but I also knew that in time people would understand me and know why these players had gone to the club.
“I understand that at first it causes some confusion when we paid €5m for a kid who had only made 12 or 15 minutes in Lyon’s first team.”