With the rumours strongly linking Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez with a move away from Arsenal during the summer, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has yet again reiterated that the Chilean superstar won’t be leaving the Gunners.
The 28-year-old will have one year left on his contract at the end of the season and Wenger claims he’d rather have him wind up his contract than sell him to a rival.
He told reporters: “I don’t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure.
“The question is more, why would you sell him to another [Premier League] club? You want to be as strong as you can be, and not strengthen the other teams.
“I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30 and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. I personally think he will sign and stay here.
“Even if he doesn’t sign a new deal, I will make him stay? Yes. Would I rather keep him than sell to a Premier League rival? Yes.
“But first of all, he is happy here. His desire is to stay. That is what I deeply believe.
“The disagreements are more contractual, not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.”