Arsene Wenger says he is “very positive” about keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez after engaging in a text chat with the Chilean.
Sanchez’s future has been the subject of huge speculation with the forward entering the final year of his Arsenal contract, and yet to sign an extension.
A host of clubs have been linked with a move including Bayern Munich and Chelsea, although Manchester City are the favourites to land the 28-year-old.
Sanchez is currently on holiday after his Confederations Cup exploits with Chile and is missing the club’s pre-season tour of Australia and China, but Wenger says he is confident he will stay.
“Of course. There is not a lot to resolve at the moment with the player. I have spoken through text and it was very positive. My thoughts are always positive,” he told the Mirror.
“Usually you need three weeks but they will have a programme that they have to follow and can be involved after one week to 10 days, they can be in the squad and play in part of games.
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“They could be involved in the Leicester game, of course. Sometimes I have left them out but it also depends on what shape they come back in.
“In England you also have to consider players like Alexis Sanchez played the whole season, finished the season really tired and went off to play in the Confederations Cup.
“You cannot tell them that they are not having a holiday and must come back and continue, it’s impossible.”
Wenger may well be positive but the speculation will surely only continue throughout the summer, unless Alexis puts pen to paper on a new deal.