Arsene Wenger claims Alexis Sanchez will be happy to stay with Arsenal because his club are the only London team worth playing for.
Sanchez is yet to sign a new deal with the Gunners amid suggestions he had demanded a transfer following a heated row with Wenger earlier this season.
The Chile forward told South American media this week that he is happy in London and keen to see out his Arsenal contract, which expires next year.
But, in the same interviews, Sanchez said he wants to play in a team with a “winning mentality”, sparking speculation he covets a move across London to Premier League leaders Chelsea.
Despite Arsenal currently languishing 19 points behind Chelsea, Gunners boss Wenger doesn’t believe his star wants to leave the Emirates Stadium because he already plays for the capital’s biggest club.
Asked how he interpreted what Sanchez had said, Wenger replied: “In a very positive way. There’s only one team in London, so he is happy.
“It’s true we have not extended his contract yet but I hope he will stay at the club.
“I think you have to be cautious when people give interviews in their home countries because the interpretation is not always exactly what they wanted to say”