Tuesday 24 October 2017

Roy Keane has a cutting message for any player considering a move to China

Roy Keane hit out at Manchester United for failing to kill of Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final. Photo: ITV
Roy Keane hit out at Manchester United for failing to kill of Celta Vigo in their Europa League semi-final. Photo: ITV

Roy Keane has dismissed reports that Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez may be tempted to make a move to Chinese football, as the Chilean's future with the Gunners becomes increasingly uncertain.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted in his press conference on Thursday that he was unsure whether the club would be able to agree new contracts with both Sanchez and his German team-mate Mesut Ozil, with the duo’s current deals set to expire in the summer of 2018.

Sanchez is believed to have been offered huge money to play in China, but Keane was quick to ridicule that idea in his role as an ITV pundit.

“Forget China, you don’t want to be going to China,” said Keane in typically dismissive fashion.

“It surely won’t just be about money for these players. A couple of things they will be looking at.

“They will look whether their club is capable of going on to win trophies in the next few weeks. Arsene Wenger’s contract is up in the summer, will that come into the equation.”

Keane’s fellow ITV pundit Lee Dixon joined the debate, as he insisted his former club should break the bank to keep Sanchez and Ozil.

“It isn’t tricky,” stated Dixon. “It should be just how much to do you want.

“What you say to Sanchez if he brings up the China situation is simple. It’s China, you do not want to be going there when you are at the peak of your powers.

“He has been in Spain, now the Premier League. He will want to stay. If it is about money, then it is disgusting.”

Keane went on to suggest Ozil was a performer who was a step or two ahead of most in the game, as he suggested his vision is vital to Arsenal’s long-term success.

“He has a bit of everything,” he added of the German midfielder. “The difference with the really top players is decision making. The awareness of what’s around them.

“Ozil is in great form and Arsenal are in a good place at the moment. The scored five away (at West Ham) last Saturday and four in the Champions League a few days later. They are great to watch when they put it all together.

“If you give Arsenal time and space on the ball, they are as good as any team.”

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