Alexis Sanchez back in Chile on holiday amid speculation over future

Ross Houston
July 15, 2017

Sanchez is expected to answer questions from local media at the "Playing for a dream" tournament as speculation over his future continues, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger revealing that he has had "positive" signs from the Chilean over recent text messages exchanged between the two.

Wenger however remains confident that Sanchez will stay, and clarified earlier this week that the striker had not asked to leave Arsenal.

Arsenal's attempts to negotiate a new deal for Sanchez failed last season, and now the talismanic forward has only one year left on his current agreement.

Manchester City are desperate to sign the 28-year-old, but Arsenal are unlikely to sanction a move to their Premier League rivals.

As reported by the Sun, Sanchez, who has attracted interest from the Gunners' Premier League rivals Man City, is now on holiday due to Chile's participation in the Confederations Cup, whilst his Arsenal teammates are on a pre-season tour of Australia. "There is not a lot to resolve with the player".

But Sanchez will return to training at the end of the month.

"I have spoken through text and it was very positive", Wenger told reporters in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.

Reflecting on the rumours, though, Wenger said, as reported by the Gunners' official website: "Yes, 100% I expect him to stay".

Arsene Wenger has made it clear Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will "100 per cent" say at Arsenal this summer despite rumours linking the England winger with a move away from the Emirates.

"But once he is ready, when he comes back, he will not be far from with the team".

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