Saturday 21 April 2018

I'd like to stay in London with a team that wins things - Sanchez

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in action for Chile during the week. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez in action for Chile during the week. Photo: AFP/Getty Images

James Ducker

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez insists he is happy in London but wants to play in a team with a "winning mentality".

The 28-year-old Chilean is reportedly the main summer transfer target for Antonio Conte's Premier League-leading Chelsea.

Sanchez, who has 15 months left on his Gunners deal, is keen to stay to the end of that contract. Speaking to Chilean media while on international duty, and quoted in Publimetro, he said: "I am happy in London and hope to finish my contract there.

"I'd like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality. I'm 28 years old, I still have a lot of years ahead of me. I am a player who looks after himself."

Sanchez has also been linked with Juventus, Paris St Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich.

The uncertainty over his Arsenal future runs in tandem with the confusion over manager Wenger, who is yet to announce whether he will agree to the new two-year deal currently on the table.

The Gunners have lost six of their last nine matches and are fighting to finish in the Premier League top four, a situation which has brought 67-year-old Wenger under intense scrutiny.

Meanwhile Zlatan Ibrahimovic has given the clearest public indication yet that he intends to stay at Manchester United next season after confirming that he is in talks with the club over the prospect.

Last week Ibrahimovic privately said he planned to trigger an option in his £250,000-a-week contract to stay for another 12 months.

The Swede (35) has kept United fans guessing with a series of non-committal answers about his future in recent months. But he has since dropped his guard by conceding he "never leaves a job unfinished", having previously stressed his determination to win the Premier League title with the club.

"I'm a person when I go into something I put my head 200pc, and I do what I'm good at," he said. "I go in, I go for the kill and I go out. And when I go out, there is no complaints. I never leave a job unfinished."

Asked specifically about staying at United, Ibrahimovic confirmed he was in discussions with the club.

It remains to be seen if United grant him an improvement on his existing wages, but there is thought to be the possibility of him being given the option of staying for a third year. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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