Martial: Ronaldo didn’t cause dressing-room split

Anthony Martial has denied claims that Cristiano Ronaldo is a disruptive influence at Manchester United.

Reports have suggested the 37-year-old forward, who returned to United this summer from Juventus, is causing a dressing-room split at Old Trafford.

But his Red Devils team-mate Martial, now on loan at Sevilla, insisted ‘we all love’ Ronaldo and hailed the professionalism of the Portuguese.

He said: “Cristiano is a top professional, one of the best in the history of the game. We all love him.

“There are things that are said in the media that are not true.

“I was in that dressing room and I know what happened.”

The 26-year-old France forward fell out of favour at United, only scoring one league goal before making a temporary switch to Spain at the end of January.

In his six games in all competitions so far at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium, Martial has just one goal – none in the league – and has largely appeared from the substitutes’ bench for the side currently second in LaLiga.

Speaking about his move to Sevilla, he added: ‘I asked United if I could leave as I wanted to play. (Boss Ralf) Rangnick came in… and said if I wanted to continue, the way I was training, I was going to play.

“But I needed to find a new atmosphere, a new club. I still have a contract there, though, so I don’t know what will happen when the season is over.

“I had many options, but I spoke to (Sevilla boss Julen) Lopetegui and (sporting director) Monchi and for me coming here was for the best. They made me feel important.

“I wanted to play and enjoy football again. I have lost time in Manchester without doing that and I needed it.” -Sportsmail

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