Sevilla sporting director reacts to Anthony Martial's latest injury and accepts loan was 'risky' move

Anthony Martial suffered an injury for Sevilla against Real Madrid last night and had to be substituted after 40 minutes.

The Manchester United loanee was not having a great game, touching the ball just eight times.

Sevilla ended up losing the match 3-2, with this the second time Martial has gone off injured in the first half during his time at Sevilla.

He has just one goal since signing for the club on loan in January, and Sevilla are aware the deal has not worked out.

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Defending the move

Sevilla sporting director Monchi has acknowledged the move to bring Martial in has not been a success, but he is glad they tried it.

He also suggested it was not a big cost financially in terms of wages, with an agreement struck with United.

Monchi told AS: “He has been injured for eight games. It was a risky bet but less expensive than what people think. We thought it was time to do it.

“His performance has not been excellent, but it has been good because he makes those who play around him better.”

There is next to no chance of Sevilla looking to buy Martial permanently, the way it is looking. A big fee would be required, and his wages.

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The enthusiasm supporters had when he signed has quickly waned too, with the forward whistled in the defeat to Barcelona.

Sevilla are in third place, but just three ahead of fifth. Nothing is guaranteed as they try to secure a Champions League spot for next season.

Martial will return to United in the summer with the Red Devils tasked with finding a new buyer for the forward.

The Frenchman is still United’s number 9, but this is a shirt which can be expected to be re-assigned sooner or later, regardless of whether Martial is moved on or not.

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