Manchester United head coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has broken silence on claims that he'd send forward Alexis Sanchez to the reserve team if he failed to find a new club.
United won the race to sign Sanchez ahead of Premier League rivals Manchester City in January 2018 from Arsenal during a period where the Chile international was widely considered as one of the best forward's in the division.
But since his arrival at Old Trafford, the 30-year-old has found the net just three times, while his last goal for the Red Devils dates back to January this year in the FA Cup.
Reports in English press this week suggested that Sanchez, who's said to be on a £350k-a-week salary at the English giants would be sent to the reserves if a loan move failed to materialise before the end of the European transfer window.
AC Milan and AS Roma were said to be keen on the misfiring forward who burst onto the scent in Serie A with Udinese between 2006 and 2011.
But Solskjaer has refuted the notion ahead of their clash against Wolves on Monday.
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“Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day really hard and he wants to be a part of this,” he said, as per The Guardian.
“There are these stories he’s been put in the reserves – of course he hasn’t, he’s part of our squad and he is a really good player. He has had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest but close to being part of it.
“We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect and we expect him to come good at this club, he’s quality. We’ve had a behind closed doors game, and he’s training, he is doing a little bit of extras.
"He’ll be gradually integrated into more and more playing time but we’ll have more behind closed-doors games because with one game a week now it’s hard to keep everyone ticking. We are arranging a few of them.”
The dimutive attacker has scored 63 goals and registered 33 assists in 154 games across all competitions since arriving in England with the Gunners in 2014.