Deschamps full of praise for Martial

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France coach Didier Deschamps feels Anthony Martial is back to his best and has tipped him to have a big future on the international stage.

France coach Didier Deschamps feels Anthony Martial is back to his best and has tipped him to have a big future on the international stage.

Manchester United ace Martial endured a difficult 2017-18 season under Jose Mourinho and that led to him being omitted from France’s 23-man squad for last summer’s World Cup – a tournament Les Bleus went on to win.

Martial had been tipped to leave Old Trafford during the summer, but no such move materialised and he continued to struggle for his best form during the first half of the season.

However, Martial has flourished since Mourinho was replaced as United manager by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in December and Deschamps has been impressed by the 23-year-old’s return to form.

Speaking after France were honoured with the Team of the Year gong at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, Deschamps said: “It’s always difficult to know what can happen but all players can have a period when they are less successful on the pitch.

‘It’s certainly related to confidence, it can be related to the relationship they have with their coach.

It happens every season, for all players.

‘Anthony Martial is back at a very, very good level.

‘ Deschamps is confident that Martial, who has scored one goal in 18 international appearances, has the quality to have a long and successful international career.

‘He is a young player who is gaining maturity also because he started very early in Manchester United and with the French national team too,’ he added.

‘There are always difficult moments but in terms of potential, he has everything you need to be at the highest level.’

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