Anthony Martial ignoring his massive transfer fee

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Martial had a dream Man Utd debut with a goal against Liverpool
Martial had a dream Man Utd debut with a goal against Liverpool

Manchester United wonder-kid Anthony Martial has insisted he is ignoring his £36m transfer fee, as he admitted he was stunned to make a deadline day move to Old Trafford.

Martial has made an impressive start to his Man Utd career after his surprise transfer deadline day move from Monaco, yet he insists he is not allowing his status as the world's most expensive teenage footballer to distract him.

“I try to ignore it all," he said of his inflated price tag in an interview with French TV channel BFM.

"I stay in my bubble, I concentrate on the football, I work and I try to learn English as quickly as possible.”

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger suggested last week that he was surprised by Martial's move to United, as he had been told that the youngster would not be sold during the last summer transfer window.

That version of events has now been backed up by Martial, as he admitted he did not expect to get a transfer away from Monaco last summer.

"I was told ‘untransferable’ so I thought I was staying in Monaco,” reflected Martial.

“When I knew about the offer, I did not hesitate a second and it was done quickly. I really wanted to continue to play in the Champions League.

"Van Gaal called and spoke to my mother who did the translation. When I arrived in Manchester I met him, we discussed at length and it was done quickly.”

The comparisons between Martial and a young Thierry Henry have been mentioned time and again in his first month at United, but the 19-year-old suggested he has a long way to go before he can be placed alongside the Arsenal legend.

“I know this is a very great player who is a legend in England. I have everything left to prove," he added of Henry.

"By continuing to work, I will try to reach his level, but at the moment, I'm still far from it."