Sevilla boss Lopetegui responds to Anthony Martial being whistled by supporters

It appears increasingly likely that Sevilla’s decision over Anthony Martial this summer will be ‘Return to sender’.

With just one goal since joining the club on loan in January, it’s understandable Sevilla are not enamoured with his form.

Spanish newspaper AS reported this week Sevilla are in the midst of their worst goalscoring streak for 20 years.

To top it off, Martial was whistled by Sevilla supporters during their 1-0 defeat to Barcelona at the weekend.

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Free to whistle

Sevilla manager Julen Lopetegui has had his say on supporters whistling Martial, and refused to condemn them.

Lopetegui acknowledged the whistles, and said it is up to him as a manager to try and help the player bounce back.

The manager also urged Martial to respond well and listen to his instructions.

He told AS: “This is elite football and people are free and can express themselves as they feel. 

“As a coach, I have to help him to achieve his best version. He is also a professional and has to do his part and adapt to what we ask of him.”

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Sevilla are next in action on Friday night at home to Granada, and Martial’s starting role is unclear. Given the team’s lack of form, there could be changes.

Martial has not, as it stands, done enough to earn a permanent switch. His contract at United runs until 2024, leaving the club trying to find a solution for him for next season.

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