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Anthony Martial close to agreeing new Manchester United contract

Anthony Martial celebrates his goal

Anthony Martial is close to reaching an agreement with Manchester United over a new five-year contract, Sky Sports News understands.

It marks a breakthrough in discussions, after the France international forward rejected an offer in October.

United recently activated a year-long extension clause in Martial's current contract to keep him tied to the club until 2020.

Anthony Martial celebrates his goal
Image: Anthony Martial has been one of Manchester United's top performers this season

The 23-year-old has been in good form this season and is United's joint-top scorer with nine goals in all competitions.

Former United boss Jose Mourinho was reportedly willing to part with Martial last summer - but later said he wanted the forward to stay after an impressive run of form.

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And the United hierarchy have always been determined to reach agreement on a long-term deal with a player who they made the world's most expensive teenager when he was signed from Monaco in 2015.

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Martial has continued to thrive under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scoring in the new manager's first game in charge at Cardiff - and also starting in subsequent victories over Bournemouth, Newcastle and Tottenham.

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