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Alexis: I want to play Champions League

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The Chilean has spoken, and it's not good news for Arsenal

Chile v Australia: Group B - FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017 Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images

As Arsenal reconvened for press conferences about transfers this week, as well as some football, there was hope around the future of Alexis Sánchez. Arsène Wenger spoke of positive text messages with the 28-year old, while saying that he expected Alexis to respect his contract, and even hinted at the possibility that Alexis could still yet sign an extension.

Alexis apparently didn’t get the message. On holiday in Chile, he is reported to have said that he “wants to play Champions League”, “having made [his] decision” it is “up to Arsenal.” Arsenal, of course, are not in the Champions League this season, which makes this a problem.

Manchester City remain interested, though it appears any move to Bayern Munich is now out of the question. Paris St. Germain could yet become involved in the transfer, and there is the spectre of Chelsea, having seen Romelu Lukaku join Manchester United. Arsenal don’t want to sell to Manchester City or Chelsea, and have indeed ruled out selling to those clubs, but if Alexis is to not sign a new contract, that would mean giving up a substantial amount of money. This club has not shown interest in doing that in the past; despite rhetoric, there’s no real reason to believe they’ll do that now.