Alexis Sanchez has admitted he finds London life ‘stressful’ as the Chilean superstar continues to mull over his future at Arsenal.
Sanchez signed for the Gunners from Barcelona in 2014 for £30million and has become a fans’ favourite at the Emirates, where he is contracted until 2018.
But the 28-year-old faces an uncertain future at the Emirates Stadium and has been offered a whopping £400,000-per-week deal to play in China.
And Sanchez has added fuel to the speculation surrounding his future by revealing how the capital stresses him out.
Speaking to the Arsenal magazine, he said: ‘I like to go to London to eat something or have a drink with my friends.
‘However, I am a very home-loving person and I spend a lot of time at home.
‘I do explore the city if I have the time for it but normally I would rather stay relaxed at home. London can be a stressful place because it’s crowded and it’s a big city.
‘Our routines as footballers can be energy-consuming too. You play one game after another, meet new people every day and travel a lot. That is why I try to disconnect and relax as soon as I get some time off.’
Arsenal are planning to break the £200,000-a-week barrier at the club to keep striker Sanchez, with the board determined to do all they can to ensure that he does not leave the club, even though the Chilean will still have an offer of double that from Chinese Super League.
Though negotiations have currently stalled, with Arsenal offering around £180,000-a-week wages, the club is resolved to keep him.