Date: 26th April 2017 at 8:57am
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Manager Arsene Wenger’s pre Leicester City press conference featured questions about the future of Alexis Sanchez given all the media speculation and here’s what the Arsenal boss said.

Meeting with the media and the Official Site to talk about the game yesterday, the future of Alexis came up once more and Wenger said he was confident the player would sign a new contract extension at the Emirates and stay with us in the future.

If he doesn’t, the chances of us selling him to Premier League competition would be incredibly slim as Wenger would prefer to keep him until his contract naturally expired.

‘You amortise a transfer during the length of the contract. So when you play an amount of money, every year you deduct, when he signs four years, 25 per cent of a contract. The problem as well that you have to analyse, always, firstly, is: can you find better and for what kind of money? The inflation is so big that sometimes today even mathematically there can be advantages to keep a player until the end of a contract.’

More specifically about his future, Wenger went on to say.

‘But I personally think he will sign and stay here. First of all he is happy here. His desire is as well to stay. That is what I deeply believe. The disagreements are more purely contractual. Not on the desire. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement, so I think it will happen.’

Wenger also refuted suggestions that it was a similar situation to Robin van Persie who was sold to Manchester United back in 2012 and other deals we’ve done over the years with direct Premier League rivals.

‘I let Van Persie go in the last year of his contract because Van Persie was 29, going on 30, and he was signing a long-term contract. That is not the case with Alexis. Alexis is 28. So that is a bit different. I don`t think that you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure. Because you want to be as strong as you can be, and not strengthen the other teams.’

Adding.

‘But I just told you that I think Alexis will stay here and sign a contract. You are in your job in the media where you are always painting the most dreadful situation. But we are not necessarily in that situation.’

Wenger ended by confirming that it was a similar situation for Mesut Ozil.

‘It will be similar. It will all be decided in the summer.’

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