Wenger denies Alexis Sanchez has asked to leave

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Despite intense speculation about his future, Alexis Sanchez has not told Arsenal he wants to leave the club.

That’s according to Arsene Wenger who gave a resolute ‘no’ when asked if that were the case at a press conference in Australia earlier today. The manager was quizzed about the future of the Chilean – who some reports say wants £400,000 a week to sign a new contract – and said that it’s not 100% that this will be his last season at the club.

Denying stories he’s told the Gunners he wants out and favours a move to Man City, the Frenchman said, “The easiest way to manage the players in the final year of their contracts is it’s in his interest to do as well as he can.

“Nobody knows today if Sanchez will be in the final year of his contract next season because he can as well extend his contract with us at the start of the season or during the season.

“It’s not necessarily the last year of his contract at Arsenal.”

Sanchez is currently on holiday after playing in the Confederations Cup, and won’t return to England until later this month. Until there’s some clarity about his situation though, Wenger can expect to be fielding more questions about the leading goalscorer from last season.

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