Amidst talk of an exit from the North-London club, Alexis Sanchez has told Chilean media that he wants to play in the Champions League.
By SportBrief Reporter
The Gunners forward, who has become the subject of transfer speculation linking him with a move away from the Emirates stadium outlined that a decision over his future rests with Arsenal despite making it clear he wants to compete in Europe’s elite club competition.
The 28-year-old’s future has been in doubt, with Manchester City and Bayern Munich keen to sign him this summer with discussions over a new Arsenal contract seeming to have stalled in recent times.
However, the Gunners manager, Arsene Wenger, believes Sanchez will stay and said on Saturday he had held “positive” talks with the player, who is currently in his hometown of Tocopilla in Chile on his post-season holiday, via text message.
But contrary to Wenger’s statements, the Chilean forward has been quoted by Chile’s Radio Sport stating: “I have made my decision, but now the decision has to be taken by Arsenal.
“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 had an extended season playing for Chile at the Confederations Cup and has not yet returned to Arsenal’s pre-season programme, which is currently in Australia as part of a Far-East tour.
After the Gunners beat Western Sydney Wanderers on Saturday, Wenger said: “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.”
These contradictory statements between player and manager are sure to send the rumor mill into overdrive with the Sanchez saga looking to drag on a bit longer during this transfer season.