ANTHONY MARTIAL is set for talks over a contract extension – two months after his Manchester United career looked dead and buried.
Martial has made such an impression on Erik ten Hag that the new manager sees him as having a key role in his plans.
And insiders insist that for his part, the French striker is also far happier than under recent Old Trafford regimes.
Martial, 26, spent nearly 18 months expressing a desire to leave, and was loaned to Sevilla in January after his agent insisted he wanted a new club.
That turned into a frustrating stay and he returned this summer with the Spanish club unable to raise the cash to make it a permanent deal.
Yet he has had a new lease of life since ten Hag arrived, and the Dutchman has told Martial he has a big part to play.
He still has nearly two years left on his current £250,000-a-week deal.
But United top brass are set to open talks in the coming weeks over an extension.
They want to protect their investment by avoiding him entering the final season of his contract with nothing sorted.
And that could see Martial being offered fresh terms which take him up to the age of 30.
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He cost an initial £37 million when he signed from Monaco in 2015, which has risen by around a third thanks to various bonuses and clauses.
Martial is desperate to go to the World Cup, and initially felt his only chance would come with a transfer.
But he had an impressive pre-season and on Monday marked his first United appearance since January with an assist in the win over Liverpool after coming off the bench for the second half.