Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev has revealed that France striker Anthony Martial told him that moving to Manchester United was his dream.
Martial, 20, completed a high-profile move to Old Trafford in the summer, but Vasilyev has admitted that he was 'hesitant' ahead of the transfer.
Rated as one of the most exciting forwards in world football, the versatile star has enjoyed a fine start to life in Manchester as he continues his progression in the game.
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Despite insisting that he didn't expect to sell Martial, Vasilyev has admitted that he could have lost the player if he had scuppered his dream move.
"If I was hesitant to sell Martial? Yes, because I imagined that the 2015-16 season would be his,” Vasilyev said in an interview with JDD, as per Goal.com.
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"That's why we had extended his contract in July. Other transfers were more or less expected, not that one.
"There was the money, but also the fact that Anthony had said, 'Mr. Vasilyev this is my childhood dream'.
"If we kill this dream, you can also lose the boy for several months. He sent me his first autographed jersey and thanked me for giving him this chance."
How good is he?
It's clear for all to see that Martial is set for stardom; quick, strong and classy, the dynamic ace has all the attributes to become a leading player for the club over the coming years.
But by no means is he the finished article at this stage in his development. Despite being a key player under the Louis van Gaal regime - he has only missed two Premier League games for the club since his arrival - he has been used in a number of positions recently.
Having operated on both wings throughout the course of the campaign, Martial has also featured in attack on several occasions.
Despite it being believed by many that his long-term future is up front, he may well have to bide his time before becoming the club's leading man on a consistent basis.
His goal return of seven strikes in 23 league games is hardly prolific, but starring on the wing has clearly hindered that statistic.
It's easy to understand why he has been handed a role on the wing, however; with the likes of Martial and Jesse Lingard out wide, there's a far greater balance to the United team as they go in search of getting things right.
It's certainly been a topsy-turvy season for all involved in Manchester, but Martial has the quality to lead the club to success in the immediate future. He could be the man to inspire them to their first major trophy since the Sir Alex Ferguson era.
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