Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denied reports Alexis Sanchez had told him he wanted to leave the Premier League giants.
The Chile forward has less than 12 months left on his current contract with the Gunners and he’s yet to sign terms on a fresh deal.
Sanchez is heavily linked with a move in the off-season, with Manchester City and Bayern Munich reportedly interested in the Chile star.
“The players have contracts and we expect them to respect their contracts. That’s what we want,” Wenger said after the squad’s arrival in Sydney.
When asked if Sanchez had informed him that he wanted to leave the club, Wenger said: “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.
Sanchez enjoyed his most prolific scoring campaign for Arsenal last season, netting 30 goals in 51 appearances, having been deployed in a central striking role.
“He adds great value to the squad and I think as well he is a great lover of the club.”
When asked if he remained determined to keep Sanchez and not let him go to a Premier League rival, Wenger replied: “Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season. That’s what we will do”