Alexis Sanchez says he wants to play in the Champions League but admits any decision on his future depends on Arsenal.
The Chilean has been heavily linked with a move away, as he heads into the final year of his contract, and is yet to sign an extension.
Sanchez is currently back in Chile after his Confederations Cup exploits and in a television interview, spoke of his ambitions for next season.
“I want to play in the Champions League,” Sanchez said via Goal.
“The decision does not depend on me, I have to wait for Arsenal.”
Manchester City appear to be the favourites for Sanchez’s signature, although obviously Arsenal do not want to sell to a Premier League rival.
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Speaking in Australia over the weekend, Arsene Wenger insisted he had had “very positive” text chats with Sanchez and sounded optimistic he would stay.
However, Sanchez’s latest comments will be a real concern as Arsenal will not be playing in Europe’s top competition next season.
Will Arsenal allow Sanchez to leave? Who knows, but certainly selling him to Manchester City would send out completely the wrong message about the club’s ambition.
The problem is, of course, that while Arsenal could refuse to sell him and make him see out his contract, the club then faces the prospect of him walking away for free next summer.
Would they be better off cashing in on him now? That is the question Arsenal need to answer, and the sooner the whole Sanchez saga is over, one way or the other, the better for all involved.