The news that the French international Anthony Martial will have been warmly received by fans of Manchester United today.
Martial, who has often cut an aloof figure during his time on these shores but seems to be ploughing a new furrow under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and has now extended his stay at Old Trafford until June 2024. There’s also an option to extend for a further year.
Now the whopping cost to the club of keeping him has become clear. Sky Sports report to understand that the 23-year-old will earn a remarkable £250,000 per week under the terms of this new contract.
Having held protracted contract negotiations with the club for some months, Martial’s agents have held out for a deal worth £1m per month.
He said upon sinning this new deal: "I am loving my time at this club. From the day I joined I have been made to feel part of the United family and I have been incredibly humbled and overwhelmed by the warmth and love of our fans, who continue to amaze me with their support.
"I would like to thank Ole and his coaching staff for their belief in me and for helping me to take my game to the next level.
"This club is all about winning trophies and I am sure the next piece of silverware is not that far away."
With a wage packet like that, you get the feeling he might be willing to stick around even if that silverware isn’t immediately forthcoming.