War of words – Man City star predicts Anthony Martial will find EPL tough

Snehanjan Banerjee / 04 September 2015

Manchester United signed French 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial on the transfer deadline day for a whopping £36 million which makes him the most expensive teenager in the history of football.

His fellow Frenchman and cross-town rival Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala has expressed his concern that the youngster may find it hard to adapt to the Premier League and with the pressure of the huge transfer fee, he will face even harder times.

Mangala faced similar situations last season at Etihad following his £32m switch from Porto last summer, which made him the most expensive defender in English football.

The centre-back could not live up to expectations on his debut season but however, started this season with much more composure and awareness and performed very well this season so far.

Mangala expressed his concern about his sensational compatriot that the similar frustrations may come his way and he hopes that the youngster is given playing time and more confidence.

Mangala, currently away with Martial on international duty with France, said: “It is up to him to do well on the pitch.”

“The first season can be tough. The Premier League is a tough one – totally different and very difficult.”

“I hope he will be well received.”

The 24-year-old added: “I do not think that the amount of the transfer would be a problem.”

“Obviously no one will look at him the same way anymore. United paid a lot of money for him.”

Let’s see how he and people around him like the club or his family, deals with it, that’s important. He must focus only on his football.”

He also said, “In my opinion no-one is worth £50m, £80m or £100m. It is a part of the business of football.”

Anthony Martial is set to make his debut for the Senior France national team tonight against Portugal.


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