After mustering just nine goals in a sullen second season at Manchester United, word had been rife this week that Anthony Martial was preparing to up sticks in search of a fresh start elsewhere.
The Express, among others, reported that Martial was putting out the feelers over a return to France after becoming weary of working under Jose Mourinho, and that United wouldn’t block his exit should a transfer materialise.
This came just days after the Daily Mail ran with news that Arsenal had identified the “unsettled” 21-year-old as a potential summer acquisition.
Unsurprisingly, it swiftly transpired that the aforementioned tittle-tattle was exactly that, with Martial himself comprehensively confirming that everything you’ve just read is complete baseless tripe…
Les rumeurs sont fausses 🔴
— Anthony Martial (@AnthonyMartial) June 28, 2017
“The rumours are false,” the United forward tweeted this very afternoon.
Turns out we can all look forward to watching him moodily underwhelm us on a regular basis at Old Trafford next season after all.