Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has expressed his desire to keep Anthony Martial at Old Trafford beyond his current deal, which expires at the end of the season.
The 22-year-old is enjoying a fine run of form, scoring four goals in his last three Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, although there is uncertainty regarding his future at the club with the Frenchman now into the final year of his contract.
"Obviously I hope we will agree," said Mourinho when asked about Martial's contract situation, as quoted by Sky Sports.
"He is a talented player - everybody has known that since he was at Monaco. Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality."
After Luke Shaw won #MUFC's player of the month in August & September, Anthony Martial collects it for October. Some may see it as justification for Mourinho's tough love, but to me it looks like talented young players benefiting from regular game time & improved confidence https://t.co/4aaUj9STy7— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) November 1, 2018
"When you reach that level or are almost reaching that level is when you become a top player. One thing is a top talent, another thing is a top player.
"When he is now much closer to becoming a top player, obviously I would like him to stay. I know the club very much wants him to stay so hopefully he is going to stay."
Martial will be hoping to continue his goalscoring run when United face Bournemouth in their next Premier League fixture, with a win at the Vitality Stadium putting Mourinho's side level on points with the Cherries on 20, as the Red Devils look to keep in touch with the teams at the summit of the table.