Per Mertesacker has no doubt that Alexis Sanchez will “definitely” remain at Arsenal this summer.
Sanchez has been the subject of intense transfer speculation with Manchester City, Chelsea and Bayern Munich all believed to be tracking the Chile forward.
The 28-year-old has one year remaining on his Gunners contract and has so far refused to sign a new deal at The Emirates.
Bayern were believed to be the most likely destination for Sanchez and coach Carlo Ancelotti recently admitted he “liked” the striker, but the Bundesliga club’s president Uli Hoeness has not been as positive over a prospective move for Sanchez.
Hoeness said last week that Bayern were not in a position to pay the wage demands of Sanchez, who is believed to be chasing around £300,000 a week, and claimed the “link” was “not very strong”.
And when asked about Sanchez staying in north London, Mertesacker, who will retire and take charge of the youth academy in 2018/19, told Fox Sports: “Yes, definitely. We have a strong squad and we do not want to lose any players.
“Even in their final contract year we need them. We cannot afford to lose them. If you’re talking about championships, to keep our best player is key.”
Mertesacker also claimed that Sanchez was relishing getting back into training after his exploits with Chile at the Confederations Cup final in Russia.
“I think he was impressive in the Confederations Cup,” added Mertesacker. “He’s now on holiday, so it’s quiet in terms of conversations.
“But he’s a warrior on the pitch. I think he wants to come back as quickly as possible – he hates holidays, he hates to calm down.
“I’m looking forward to playing alongside him in my last season and he thinks the same.”