Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted there are no regrets in ending their pursuit of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez – with the player set to move to arch-rivals Manchester United in the coming days.
Guardiola made no secret of his desire to bring Sanchez to the Etihad – but United came in with a more suitable offer which saw City pull out of the race.
However, the former Barcelona boss insists that he has no hard feelings, and wishes the Chilean nothing but the best in his next venture.
When asked why City decided not to outbid their rivals, the Spaniard replied:
“I am not the guy with the mathematics, the numbers. What I know right now is Alexis is still an Arsenal player. I think he is going to go to United so congratulations to both of them.
“In the end, the players and managers decide where they want to play. Good luck.
“My opinion of Alexis remains the same. It was a pleasure to be with him at Barcelona and he is going to decide to move onto another club.
“I wish him all the best.”
While a deal is yet to be concluded and confirmed – it appears that it is only a matter of time before Sanchez joins the Red Devils, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.
While Sanchez would prove a valuable addition to Guardiola’s side – it appears they will canter to the Premier League title regardless.