Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez will sign a new Arsenal contract this summer – and had some words of warning for Premier League rivals hoping to sign the Chilean.
The playmaker proved his worth to the Gunners yet again by firing them into the FA Cup final with the winner against Manchester City on Sunday.
Both City, Chelsea and Manchester United have been linked with big money summer moves for Sanchez, whose current deal has one more year to run.
But Gunners boss Wenger believes the 24-goal hitman wants to stay, and flatly ruled out any possible sale to a Premier League rival.
“I personally think he will stay and sign,” said Wenger.
“First of all he is happy here, his desire is to stay, that is what I deeply believe. Both parties have the desire to find an agreement so I think it will happen.”
Reports claim United have put Sanchez on their wishlist while City boss Pep Guardiola is understood to be keeping tabs on the situation.
But Wenger had bad news for both, saying: “I don’t think you would sell him to any Premier League club, that is for sure.
“The question is why would you sell him to another club? You want to be as strong as you can be and not strengthen the other teams.
“But as I have said, I think he will stay and sign a contract.”
Wenger on his Arsenal future
While happy to discuss Sanchez’s future, Wenger once again shrugged off questions about his own.
The 67-year-old Frenchman, whose contract is up at the end of the season, saw some of the pressure from disgruntled fans ease with Sunday’s Wembley victory.
But Wenger remained tight-lipped on whether he plans to stay when quizzed on Tuesday morning.
Asked if there was any news, he simply replied “no”, and repeated the response when pressed on whether he had any idea when an announcement will be made.
And as for whether any decision would be based around how Arsenal perform over the final few weeks of the season, the answer once again was “no”.
Wenger working on transfer targets
Nevertheless, Wenger did reveal he is already working on the club’s transfer targets for next season – although he insisted there was no clue to be had from that.
“I work until the last day of the season for the future,” he said.
“Transfer targets are important for the future of the club. That (my future) is secondary, the future of the club is important.”
The Gunners host Leicester on Wednesday evening knowing a victory would move them back up to sixth, three points behind United and four behind City, who play each other on Thursday.