Anthony Martial has revealed he rejected moves to Juventus and Barcelona for Sevilla last month.
Martial had fallen down the pecking order at Manchester United and wanted to revive his career ahead of the 2022 World Cup in the summer and thought that Sevilla could provide him with the opportunities he needed.
“It’s true. Juventus tried to sign me. I was talking to my agent and told him I preferred to go to Sevilla. It was the best option for me and my family. FC Barcelona talked to my agent.
“But as I said, I spoke with my agent and told him: ‘My priority is Sevilla’. And when I say something to someone, I don’t change it, I keep my word. I have less salary, but I also know that paying my salary is an effort for the club. So both of us have made an effort.
“For me, it was the right decision because I knew I was going to play and for me playing was the most important thing,” Martial told Diario de Sevilla.
It has emerged that Barca and Juve asked for the player after Sevilla was put off by United's salary demands. The Laliga side was unwilling to pay his full £250,000-a-week wages with Martial forced to lower his demands in order to complete the move.