Didier Deschamps has explained the reasons behind Anthony Martial's disappointing displays at Euro 2016 this summer after an excellent first season at Manchester United.
The French forward moved to Old Trafford from Monaco last September in an initial £36 million deal, which made him the most expensive teenager in football history.
Martial starred for United, playing 58 games and finishing the campaign as the club's top scorer with 17 goals. Deschamps believes that the 20-year-old's busy first year in England left him "exhausted" at the Euros.
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"He (Martial) was expecting more from the Euros and I was too," Deschamps said. "But things were difficult. He has to learn from this to progress. He was the first to say he was not satisfied."
The 47-year-old France manager continued, "He arrived there exhausted because he had a very long season. He's a young player, he has to go through moments like that.
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"But as I said to him, I didn't forget what he did and what he is able to do. Now he begins a new season."
After becoming Man United's main man last term, Martial played just 69 minutes across three matches in his country's Euro 2016 campaign.
He failed to score or have any meaningful impact as the host nation made it to the final, where they lost to Portugal after extra-time.
However, Deschamps believes that Martial is a refreshed, revitalised player and the young talent scored his first senior international goal on Thursday to help France beat Italy 3-1 in Bari.
"I told him he will play the first half," Deschamps claimed. When he's in such a physical condition and in this state of mind, he's always a danger for the opponent. It's a good thing."
What's next for Martial?
Despite having two Premier League assists to his name already this season, Martial hasn't quite reached the level he was at last term.
He has been substituted off by Jose Mourinho in all three league games so far, but United will hoping his recent goal will boost his confidence and help him to rediscover his very best form.
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