Alexis Sanchez says he has joined Inter Milan “to win” after sealing his permanent exit from Manchester United.
Sanchez did not live up to expectations at Old Trafford after switching places with Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Arsenal.
The Chilean forward managed just five goals across two seasons with Man Utd. It was a stark contrast to his record with Arsenal, where he scored 80 goals in four seasons.
Sanchez was offered the chance for redemption by Inter Milan last summer. The Italian giants signed him on loan, and despite an injury disrupting his progress, he scored more goals than in either of his seasons at Old Trafford.
With United desperate to get his wages off the books for good, they have allowed Sanchez to join Inter on a free transfer, despite there still being two years left on his contract.
Now, Sanchez – who failed to win a trophy at Old Trafford – has revealed his delight at ending his United nightmare.
“I’m really happy to be staying here with you, Inter fans,” he told Inter’s social media channels. “I’ve found a family here, and the staff are great.
“[It’s] a group where there’s a real desire to win something big. People here want to fight together as a team to give the club the success it deserves.
“I’m hungry and I want to win – my goal is to make all our fans happy. I’m here to win, and I’m happy that I’m staying here at Inter!”
CONTE HAILS ‘REALLY GOOD’ DEAL FOR INTER
After the news was confirmed on Thursday, Inter head coach Antonio Conte praised his club for getting the deal done.
The former Chelsea boss believes they deserve credit for helping Sanchez find his way again.
“I think the Sanchez transfer is a very good move by the club,” Conte told Sky Italia. “Considering the conditions in which we managed to get Alexis, it was a really good transfer.
“The club deserve credit because he came at the worst moment of his career. He arrived after two difficult years when he was really struggling at United and then got injured with us.
“We took the time to get him back on track, so it is only right for Inter to enjoy it and reap the rewards of that effort.”