Alexis Sanchez has given the strongest hint yet that he wants to leave Arsenal to play Champions League football, but says that he’s waiting on the club to respond.
The Chilean is into the final 12 months of his contract, and has been strongly linked with Manchester City amongst others.
He’s currently on holidays in Chile where he spoke to local media, and although he clearly wants to win European football’s biggest prize, he’s also aware that much of what’s going to happen depends on Arsenal.
Thanks to Arseblog News reader Gerardo who provided us with this translation of exactly what was said:
Alexis: The truth is that the decision doesn’t depend on me. My decision has been made,
but now we wait for a response from Arsenal. It depends on them, on what they want.
Reporter: And what decision is that?
Alexis: Hijole [that’s a word something like the English expression: “man…”], I would say play Champions [league] and win it, it’s a dream that I have since I was little.
Reporter: In that sense, are you motivated to stay at Arsenal? Or would you prefer being with Claudia Bravo, Manchester City, and also with Pep Guardiola?
Alexis: The truth is that for now I’m at Arsenal … [the interview changes frame and then starts again] … I end my contract in one more year…[at this moment in the interview people from the background starts singing his name, not related to his answer,
he smiles and then he continues with something not even related to the question] … and nothing really, very happy for the people.
[then he starts talking something not related to Arsenal but the Confederations Cup].
Thanks to Gerardo for that. It seems like it was a pretty informal interview, and there’s nothing hugely surprising in it.
Earlier Arsene Wenger admitted no agreement had been found with Alexis, so we have to wait and see if we’re prepared to keep him for the final 12 months, or if moves for Lacazette and perhaps Thomas Lemar are to offset his departure.