Alexis Sanchez says he tried to terminate his Manchester United contract and return to Arsenal after his very first training session at Carrington.
Chile international Sanchez left Arsenal for United in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way back in 2018.
Sanchez put pen to paper on a deal worth £500,000-a-week at Old Trafford, making him the Premier League’s best-paid player at the time.
But by the forward’s own admission, things didn’t feel right from the off at United, and speaking frankly in an Instagram video, Sanchez has revealed that he asked to terminate his Red Devils contract after just one training session.
Sanchez said: “I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that were said and that made me look bad.
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“I got the opportunity to go to United and it seemed tempting to me. It was something nice for me, because when I was a kid I liked that club a lot.
“I ended up signing without much information about what was happening in the move. The first days that I was with my colleagues, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.
“The first training I had I realised many things. I got home and I told my representative: ‘Can’t the contract be terminated to return to Arsenal?’
“They start laughing and I told them that something did not sit right with me. It had already been signed.”
At Arsenal Sanchez was the club’s best player, and he was widely considered to be one of the greatest forwards in the top-flight at the time.
But things didn’t quite work out for him at Man United, and Sanchez found himself in a pool of players battling for a place in the starting XI.
He added: “In a game with West Ham I wasn’t picked. That had never happened to me as a player. It bothered me and I said it couldn’t be possible.
“To go from being one of the best in the Premier League to not playing in five months. I came to my house and I was very sad. The next day I trained in a double shift, because I love what I do.”
Eventually, however, Sanchez decided he needed to leave the club for a fresh start.
“Then the next coach arrived, the current one, and I decided to talk to him. I told him that I needed to take a breather, and the opportunity to go to Inter. He told me that yes, there was no problem,” he said.
Sanchez completed a permanent move to Inter Milan this summer after a successful loan spell last season in which the Italian giants reached the Europa League final.
In a parting message to the Red Devils, Sanchez concluded: “I only have words of thanks to United for giving me the opportunity to defend the shirt. It bothered me that things did not go the way I wanted.
“If the atmosphere had been more positive, it would have turned out differently. I tell it all now because I have already passed a period of learning as a player and a person. I would have liked to win everything.”
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