Alexis Sanchez has finally broken his silence about his future plans and revealed he wants to play in the Champions League. That effectively rules out staying at Arsenal.
The 28-year-old’s future has been in doubt for months while discussions over a new Gunners contract have bogged down. But the Chilean says money’s not the big issue. He wants Champions League football.
With Arsenal missing out on Europe’s premier competition for the first time in years, the door’s open now to suitors like Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
Manager Arsene Wenger still believes Sanchez will stay. But is he deluding himself? Wenger said before the weekend that he held “positive” talks by text with his top scorer, who is holidaying in his hometown of Tocopilla in Chile.
“Of course (he will stay). There is not a lot to resolve with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive.”
Wenger won’t be liking what he hears coming out of Chile today.
“I have made my decision, but now the decision has to be taken by Arsenal,” Sanchez told Chile’s Radio Sport
“It depends on them. I have to wait to know what they want. My idea is to play and win the Champions League. It’s a dream I have had since I was little.”
Sanchez has been allowed to miss Arsenal’s preseason tour in Australia because of his Confederations Cup duty. Now it doesn’t look like he’ll be back in a hurry.
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