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Sanchez “very happy” as Arsenal contract stand-off continues, insists Chile boss

Date Posted,June 27, 2017

Juan Antonio Pizzi says Alexis Sanchez is going though “a very special situation”, as his contract stand-off continues.

But the Chile boss believes the Arsenal star is fully focused on La Roja’s Confederation Cup semi-final clash with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on Wednesday.

Sanchez, 28, has one year left on his deal at the Emirates, and has so far resisted an offer which is worth more than £275,000-a-week.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich are among the clubs battling it out to try to prise Sanchez away from the Gunners. French side Paris Saint-Germain also retain an interest.

Sanchez trains with Chile ahead of their Confederations Cup clash with Portugal (Photo: Getty Images Europe)
Pizzi says Sanchez is already playing for a “great club” (Photo: FIFA via Getty)

His former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola wants a reunion at City , having earmarked the Sanchez as his top attacking target. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte also has Sanchez on his transfer wish-list ahead of their Champions League campaign – a competition which Arsenal failed to qualify for.

Asked about Sanchez’s state of mind on Tuesday, Pizzi responded: “We think he is very happy.

“He is looking forward to playing a new final, he’s giving his very best like everyone else. He is going through a very special situation.

Sanchez’s contract stand-off with the Gunners continues (Photo: REUTERS)
Could Sanchez wave goodbye to Arsenal? (Photo: Michael Regan/FIFA via Getty Images)
Juan Antonio Pizzi has had his say on Alexis (Photo: REUTERS)

“Everybody would like to be in a similar situation because the best clubs in the world would like to have him, although he is already playing for a great club.

“He’s a very responsible person and he knows exactly what he has to do. We’ll see what happens but right now, he is very comfortable and committed to the national team.”

Chile take on Portugal on Wednesday, with Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal having ramped things up, by declaring Ronaldo a “smart ass” in the lead up to the clash.

La Roja are confident of claiming victory (Photo: REUTERS)

The Copa America winners are confident that they can see off the European champions and midfielder Marcelo Diaz believes they can continue to battle the global elite in the coming years – with Sanchez leading the fight.

“I’ve said this very often. Having Alexis on our team is wonderful. He’s played so well for so many years. He has so many skills and qualities.

“I hope and think he will be able to keep developing and I think his personal situation will help him grow. It will be positive for Chile as we’ll have a stronger player when we attack.”

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