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Sanchez not distracted by transfer talk, says Chile coach Pizzi

28 June 2017

However, it would seem that the reports are nothing more than speculation as Sanchez continues to represent Chile during the Confederations Cup in Russian Federation.

Sanchez's focus at the moment is winning another major global tournament, despite constant speculation of moving away from North London, a position Pizzi concedes most would love to be in.

"It will be positive for Chile as we'll have a stronger player when we attack". "He's giving his best like everyone else".

Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi suggested the demand for Sanchez is a boost to his self-esteem, saying "we suppose he is very happy because he is going through a very special situation and I think everybody would like to be in this situation because the best clubs in the world want to have him in their squads". I know him very well. "Right now he feels very comfortable and he's committed to the national team".

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"We think we get better and better when we get to the latter stages of competitions".

"We already have a lot of top-level players".

And Pizzi has no concerns over Sanchez's ability to switch off from the transfer speculation ahead of Wednesday's semi-final clash with Portugal.

Sanchez has contributed one goal and one assist in his three appearances for Chile at the tournament in Russian Federation so far.

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Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League after they finished fifth last season.

Since winning his first cap in a friendly against New Zealand on April, 27 2006 he's gone on to rack 112 global appearances and registering 38 goals.

Meanwhile, Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has urged his compatriot to join him at the Allianz Arena.

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Sanchez not distracted by transfer talk, says Chile coach Pizzi