LISANDRO MARTINEZ is set for a hefty pay rise this summer – once the Manchester United ownership saga is finally settled.
The Argentine world champions have been a huge success after joining from Ajax for £55million a year ago.
Martinez is currently making £120,000 a week at Old Trafford.
Now United want to reward the centre-back with a roughly £50,000 increase in his base salary for his brilliant debut season in England.
There are no immediate plans to extend his current contract, which has four years remaining.
But Erik ten Hag wants to recognize his high place in the squad by promoting him up the pay scale.
Martinez has been sidelined for the remainder of the season after suffering a metatarsal fracture in the 2-2 Europa League draw with Sevilla last month.
The no-nonsense defender has quickly become a cult figure at Old Trafford and they are planning a pay rise to keep him happy.
Despite his disappointment with the injury, Martinez has vowed to come back stronger and thanked the fans for their support in a dream premiere.
He wrote on his social media channels: “It’s not how I imagined the end of a very special season, but sometimes we come across obstacles along the way that we need to overcome to get stronger and out that we learn.”
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“I know I’ll be back soon to find out more. In the meantime, I will continue to support my teammates to achieve our goals.
“The messages and support I have received have been amazing, giving me strength and encouragement.
“Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”