Alexis Sanchez opens up about future and fuels Chelsea talk

Alexis Sanchez has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season
Image: Alexis Sanchez has scored 18 goals in the Premier League this season

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez insists he is happy in London but fuelled speculation linking him with Chelsea by warning he wants to play for a successful team with a "winning mentality".

Sanchez has been heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates in the summer and was recently demoted to the bench by the Gunners for their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool.

The Chile international has 15 months remaining on his current contract and Arsene Wenger's side are unwilling to let him leave the club for less than £50m, according to the London Evening Standard.

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However, during a brief promotional event in his homeland, Sanchez suggested he is happy to stay in London, but left it open to interpretation as to which club that will be with.

Sanchez, who is currently on international duty and scored during Chile's 3-0 World Cup qualifying win over Venezuela on Tuesday, told the Publimetro: "I am happy in London and hope to finish my contract there.

Chile's Esteban Paredes (bottom) celebrates with teammate forward Alexis Sanchez  after scoring against Venezuela during their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifie
Image: Sanchez celebrates with Chile team-mate Esteban Paredes after scoring against Venezuela in midweek

"I'd like to stay in the city but with a team that is winning things, that has a winning mentality.

"I'm 28 years old, I still have a lot of years ahead of me. I am a player who looks after himself."

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Sanchez is reportedly on the radar of Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Atletico Madrid and Bayern Munich. The uncertainty over his Arsenal future runs in tandem with the confusion over manager Wenger, who is yet to announce whether he will agree to the new two-year deal, which is reportedly currently on the table.

Alexis Sanchez is substituted against Bayern Munich
Image: There are doubts about the Arsenal futures of both Sanchez and Wenger

The Gunners have lost six of their last nine matches and are fighting to finish in the Premier League top four, a situation which has brought 67-year-old Wenger under intense scrutiny.

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