Guardiola responds to report he has called Sanchez about quitting Arsenal for Man City
By Harvey Byrne
Pep Guardiola has denied a report stating that he has called Alexis Sanchez about quitting Arsenal for Manchester City.
The Spanish manager was asked about a report in Chile, cited by the Mirror, claiming that he had sought a reunion in Manchester with the Gunners 27-year-old during his pre-match press conference on Monday.
The former Barcelona boss stated that the report was false, but did say Sanchez was good enough to play for any side in the world.
PEP: (on Sanchez rumours) False. The journalist is a liar. Sanchez would fit into any side in the world. #mcfc
— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 5, 2016
The Chile international has established himself as a star of the Arsenal team since joining for a £31.7million fee from Barcelona in 2014.
He currently has under two years left on his contract and although the Gunners want to tie him up to a new deal, the London Evening Standard claims he wants a large pay increase.
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Sanchez has mainly been deployed as a striker this season and he has a return of 13 goals and nine assists in 19 fixtures.
He has been key to the Gunners strong start to the campaign, which has seen them occupy second place in the league table.
Arsene Wenger will now be hoping that he is able to get his star man tied up to a new deal, as the danger of losing him increases the longer he doesn’t extend his contract.
In other Arsenal news, Jamie Carragher has claimed this Gunners player must quit the club.