Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has poured cold water on suggestions that Anthony Martial could leave the club this summer, insisting that he will be needed during the upcoming campaign.
Speculation surfaced yesterday suggesting that Martial could be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Ivan Perisic to Old Trafford, with United reportedly willing to offer the French winger on loan as part of the agreement.
However, Mourinho insists that every player currently at the club is in his plans for next season and ruled out the chance of any of them leaving.
“Everybody is in the plan. The plan is to have a good squad, not just a good team. [We need] options because we have important players injured for a long time,” he told reporters.
“They will be back by the end of the year so our squad is not so big and we need options. We need different players. [Romelu] Lukaku, Martial, [Marcus] Rashford – they are all different players and we need everybody.
Martial started just 18 Premier League games for United last season, scoring four goals.