Arsene Wenger believes there is a chance star man Alexis Sanchez could stay at Arsenal beyond this season
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Speculation has mounted over Sanchez’s future this summer, with the Gunners star’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expiring at the end of the upcoming season.
However, Wenger believes the 28-year-old – who last month said he knew where he would be playing next season but stopped short of announcing his plans – could still extend his stay in north London.
“The players come back and we expect them to respect their contracts,” Wenger said in quotes broadcast by Sky Sports.
Asked whether Sanchez had told him he wanted to leave, the Frenchman added: “No.
“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, so it’s not necessarily the last year of his contract with Arsenal.”
“That’s in the continuity of what I said at the end of the season; that’s what we will do,” he added.
Wenger also admitted his interest in Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, but admits there will be plenty of competition for the 18-year-old’s services.
“He’s a player who, when he gets up in the morning, can chose where he wants to go,” added Wenger.
“There are not many players with that kind of luck because he’s 18 years of age and all of Europe has a red carpet open for him. Nobody can say he is not interested in a player of that calibre, all the clubs are interested in him.”