Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that Alexis Sanchez “loves” the Gunners and has no doubts over his commitment as he closes in on a return to first-team action.
The Chilean is yet to feature for Arsenal this season due to injury and with his future still uncertain as he is yet to extend his current deal which expires next summer.
There are reports Manchester City will make a late bid for Sanchez before the close of the transfer window, but Wenger says he is happy where he is at the moment.
“I think what is good is our mutual interest is that he does well for us,” he said via The Independent.
“His interest is to do well. On top of that I deeply feel that he loves to be here and he loves the club and he arrives at a stage of 28, 29 and looks at the quality of his contract but I think he deeply loves to be here.
“Look, in a professional job I always think that you have to make sure with your commitment that the guy who pays you gets what he is paying you for.
“Alexis is in that mode and I think he will be until the last day he is here, he will give his best.
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“You cannot rule anything out, of course you are under threat as well. For me you have a sport decision, and the sport decision is easy – you keep him until the last day of his contract.
“Then you have a compromise to find if you can afford to do it because you lose a lot of money and at the end of the day my decision, which is purely sporting, is easy to make – I want him to stay, after that there is of course a lot of money involved as well and the club needs to make a financial sacrifice.”
Sanchez is expected to feature against Liverpool in a match Arsenal can ill afford to lose having been beaten by Stoke City last time out.