Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola
Olympique Marseille forward, Alexis Sanchez has publicly communicated his intentions to continue with the Ligue 1 outfit beyond the summer with his contract coming to an end at the end of the 2022-2023 season confessing that the Orange Vélodrome home ground feels like home to him.
Former Arsenal star Alexis has arguably played his best football since his Gunners heyday this season – even if he won Serie A with Inter Milan in 2021 – hitting 12 goals in 25 Ligue 1 Uber Eats games.
Alexis Sanchez is out of contract with Olympique de Marseille in June, but he would like nothing more than extend his stay at the Orange Vélodrome beyond the summer.
The Chilean, who also won consecutive Copa Americas with his nation in 2015 and 2016, turned 34 in December, but after helping OM up to second in the Ligue 1 Uber Eats table, he feels he has done enough to stay.
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, Sánchez said his time on France’s southern coast is not up yet.
“I’m happy at Marseille and I want to continue here,” the former Barcelona and Arsenal man also said he’s still in touch with his Inter teammates, and that some of them don’t understand why his contract Inter had been terminated.”
“Could I still be useful at Inter? That’s what my teammates told me, some still don’t understand my departure. Some of my former Nerazzurri teammates are still writing to me, they say ‘Bravo, Niño’.”
“I see things one year at a time,” he told 24 Horas on TVN Chile. “I have a one-year contract in Marseille. It also depends on how I feel physically. Would I like to extend? Yes. But in football there are a lot of possibilities, it can change from day to day. Real Madrid or other teams can arrive, we don’t know.”
“But I’m happy and content in Marseille, I love the fans. The club trusts and takes care of me, and when that happens, you just have to prove yourself. I would make a mistake if I slacked off.”
“Consistency in football is the hardest thing to achieve. I’m a person who says what he thinks. I’m transparent. The Marseille leaders now know what they have to do.”
Sanchez is expected to lead the line for Marseille as they take on league leaders and arch-rivals PSG on Sunday evening for one of the most anticipated Classiques in recent years, a battle between the league leaders and second placed team who are separated with just seven (7) points.
A win for PSG will further strengthen their grip on the log and increase the point gap to 10 as they pursue a record 11th successive Ligue 1 title and a win for Marseille will reduce the deficit to four points for Igor Tudor’s title chasers.
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