Anthony Martial: Sevilla star reveals what Eric Bailly told him about the Frenchman

Anthony Martial: Sevilla star reveals what Eric Bailly told him about the Frenchman

Joan Jordan has revealed what his friend Eric Bailly told him about Anthony Martial during talks before the forward joined Sevilla.

Martial sealed a loan move to La Liga last month in a bid to pocket more playing time, something he struggled to get at Manchester United following the summer signings of Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The France star made his debut against Osasuna but his performance was far from what the fans and Julen Lopetegui, Sevilla’s manager, had anticipated after he failed to create a single chance or produce a shot on target.

However, in his second appearance, he put out an eye-catching display, producing an assist to help Sevilla beat Elche 2-0 at home, a display close to what fans expected in his debut.

The 26-year-old’s performance was well-received by the fans and it’s obvious he has also impressed his team-mates including Joan Jordan.

Jordan reveals that while in talks with Eric Bailly, who he described as his friend, the Ivorian defender told him that Anthony Martial may need ‘affection’ if he is to feel ‘important’ and reach his full potential.

Asked about the impact of January recruits Jesus Corona and Martial, Jordan told Marca: ‘I think they are two different players from what we have which is the most important thing.

‘I heard very good things about Tecatito from some time ago through Oliver [Torres] and what I have seen is that he is a tremendous player.

‘He finds space, he dribbles, he has incredible talent and is going to give us a lot.

Eric Bailly believes showing Anthony Martial affection to feel important makes him play at his best
Eric Bailly believes showing Anthony Martial affection to feel important makes him play at his best

‘And Anthony, I spoke with my friend and brother Eric Bailly before he [Martial] arrived and he spoke highly of him to me. He said that he needed that affection to feel important.

‘I’m very happy to have them both on board as they improve our quality and hopefully their presence, along with recent signings Lamela and Suso, can push us forward as a team.’

Anthony Martial’s current contract with Manchester United will expire at the end of the season and chances are that his second-half appearance against West Ham United may be his last appearance for United as teams across Europe would pile up in a bid to seal his services for free in the summer.