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Arsene Wenger has been supported by the board at Arsenal over his determination to probably danger dropping Alexis Sanchez on a free switch subsequent yr by rejecting advances to promote the Chilean this summer time.
Arsenal and Sanchez’s representatives have did not discover a decision throughout intermittent contract negotiations over the previous a number of months.
The 29-yr-previous has been the topic of quite a few studies linking him with a profitable switch, with Manchester Metropolis believed to have been the entrance-runner to safe his providers earlier this summer time as he entered the ultimate yr of his contract.
But, Wenger has remained defiant over his place that he expects Sanchez, who returned to coaching final week after an prolonged summer time break, to honour his contract regardless of risking his departure with out the prospect of the membership receiving a switch payment if he decides to go away subsequent summer time. And now plainly Wenger just isn’t alone after revealing he has the help of the board with regards to the group’s switch coverage.
“Sure, the board helps me to make the choices on a technical entrance,” Wenger confirmed to reporters, courtesy of Sky Sports activities, when requested if he has the backing of the staff’s board.
“I can inform you is that he’s targeted, and my choice is obvious: he’ll keep and he’ll respect that. It is so simple as that,” Wenger stated of Sanchez.
“Each negotiation needs to be a bit of bit secret. The transparency of society could be very pushy however we’ve to withstand a bit bit, as a lot as we will. I feel he shall be right here this season, and if we will do it for extra seasons we’ll do it as properly.”
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Together with Metropolis, Sanchez has additionally been linked with a transfer to Paris Saint-Germain, whose president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, whereas talking on the unveiling of €222-million signing Neymar, insisted that any curiosity in Sanchez can be mentioned with Wenger to be able to keep the “wonderful relations” between the 2 golf equipment.
Sanchez is joined by numerous gamers whose contracts expire subsequent summer time, with Mesut Ozil additionally among the many notable squad members more likely to enter the season with no new deal.