Martial going nowhere

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Olympique Lyonnais chairman Jean-Michel Aulas says that attempts to bring AS Monaco striker Anthony Martial back to the club will fall on deaf ears.

Jean-Michel Aulas, the Olympique Lyonnais chairman, says the club are now unlikely to pursue their interest in re-signing their academy youth product Anthony Martial from AS Monaco. The 18-year-old striker swapped the Stade de Gerland for the Stade Louis II in a 5 million euro deal last summer, and initially struggled to settle at the principality club.


However, after replacing the injured Radamel Falcao in the 1-0 win at FC Nantes last month, Martial has since notched up two goals and an assist in just over 300 minutes of football. He has also completed 83 percent of attempted passes.

"I knew from another French club that Martial could have been loaned," said Aulas, who has been at the Lyon helm since 1987. "But it happened before Falcao got injured. Then I called Monaco vice-chairman Vadim Vasyliev who told me if there would be any opportunity he would tell me, but so far coach Claudio Ranieri doesn't want to let him go."


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