Barcelona president has confirmed that the Chilean forward will not be going anywhere from Camp Nou
Amidst all the speculations going around Barcelona striker Alexis sanchez’s possible transfer to Juventus. The club decided to go public to clear the air about the Chiliens future at Camp Nou and dismissed any possibility of his transfer.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu announced that Sanchez is an integral part of the team and he is a crucial part of their future plans under the flagship of new coach Luis Enrique. He stated “Alexis is not a Barcelona player who is on the market,”
“He has a contract with us and that is the only thing that counts. He has had an excellent season for us.”
“Obviously, he is part of our plans for next season. We have always wanted him here and he is a highly valued player at this club.”
Sanchez, who came to Barcelona from Udinese in 2011, has since scored 38 goals in 88 matches for the Catalan giants. Though his performances for the spanish giants have been exceptional, he has mostly been used as a substitute because of the star-studded starting 11 of Barcelona. And it was reported that He was not happy with the lack of match starts and had seriously been contemplating about his future at Camp Nou.
On the question raised about the inclines of Italian champions Juventus to buy Sanchez , Bartomeu replied “We do not know anything about the interest from Juventus, Nothing official has reached us. For that you would have to speak to the player’s agent.”
In an earlier interview to Sky italia Juventus coach Marotta had expressed his desire to acquire Sanchez by saying “Sanchez is a great player and every top club would like him, so clearly Juventus would also love to have him,” He also agreed that the amount which will be needed to shell out to buy him is steep by saying “We must take into account he is also a very expensive player and it must also be seen what he wants.” Along With Juventus, Sanchez had been linked with Liverpool and Chelsea as well.
Bartomeu however decided to remain neutral on the question asked about Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal and Real Sociedad goalkeeper Claudio Bravo’s transfer to Barcelona by saying “I read so many things these days about the summer transfer market; there are so many stories that I think it is best not to comment at all.”