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Wenger reveals he has exchanged messages with Alexis Sanchez over player's future

15 July 2017

Arsene Wenger says that no agreement has been reached with Alexis Sanchez over extending his Arsenal stay, but he categorically rules out selling Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Chilean forward has entered the final year of his contract with the club and is yet to agree to a new deal, which has put his future in doubt with a number of clubs showing interest in signing him.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has claimed "positive" talks with star forward Alexis Sanchez over his future at the Emirates, despite reports the Chile global is set to leave this summer.

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Arsenal's preference has been for Sanchez to move overseas rather than to a Premier League rival, but Wenger has been publicly bullish over the player, suggesting that if he does quit the club it will have to be at the end of his contract.

The 28-year-old has been a source of transfer rumors throughout the summer with Chelsea, Man City and Bayern Munich all linked with his signature. "There's not a lot to resolve at the moment with the player".

"I have spoken through text and it was very positive", Wenger told reporters in Sydney, Australia, on Saturday.

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And Wenger expects him to be ready for the start of the season less than a fortnight later.

The once-promising midfielder spent last season on loan at Bournemouth, where he broke his leg in the latter part of the season.

Sometimes I have left them out but it also depends on what shape they come back in.

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When asked recently if he planned to keep Sanchez, Wenger responded: 'Yes, that is a continuation of what I said at the end of the season.

Wenger reveals he has exchanged messages with Alexis Sanchez over player's future