Anthony Martial has reportedly turned down potential offers to play for Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, opting to hold out until bids from abroad materialise.
The Magpies and the Lilywhites reportedly offered a potential escape route for the Frenchman following a weekend when his coach Ralf Rangnick gave a controversial reason for Martial's omission from the matchday squad in a post-match interview following Manchester United's 2-2 draw with Aston Villa.
Rangnick said: "He did not want to be in the squad. He would have been in the squad normally, but he didn't want to. That is the reason why he was not travelling with us yesterday (on Friday)."
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However, Martial took to Instagram to refute the claim his coach had made, saying he would never disrespect the club and its fans by refusing to play.
According to The Guardian, the France international would prefer to reignite his career outside of England as opposed to providing cover for Harry Kane at Spurs or involving himself in a relegation battle with Newcastle.
Of the teams in Europe that are reportedly interested in the striker's services, Barcelona and Juventus are in the conversation while Sevilla lead the way, with the only stumbling block for the Spanish side being that they have to take on the burden of paying Martial's wages in full if they sign him on loan.