The Arsenal and Chile superstar Alexis Sanchez has been very quiet on his future despite saying before the Confederations Cup Final last week that he knew where he would be next season. There is still mountains of speculations though, and according to “sources” in Chile, Alexis has been talking to his team-mates and his family while he was on duty in Russia.
El Mercurio have apparently been tracking down some of his confidantes and they have quoted one ‘source’ as saying: “Not having European competition at Champions League level is something unordinary for Alexis. He’s much motivated by playing in it, and of course, to win it,”
“Alexis talked to many national teammates in Russia. He told them about the matter… he also spoke to his family. All came to the same conclusion: that the best thing is to finish his cycle at Arsenal and go to Manchester City.”
Alexis has won League titles in Chile, Argentina and Spain (and FA Cups in England!) plus two CopaAmericas with Chile, but he has never won the Champions League, and is probably thinking at 28 years of age that he is running out of time to win the main prize. He also knows that Pep Guardiola has two Champions League trophies to his name and is very keen to add another while at City, while Arsenal can only offer him a possible Europa League medal this season….
If you were a player of Sanchez’s quality, would you expect to play in the Champions League every year?