There is no good news in sight for Alexis Sanchez

It was clear during the summer that Alexis Sanchez had to leave Manchester United, for the benefit of all parties.

But it has not been a successful loan spell at Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan so far for the outcast winger.

And Conte is clearly unimpressed with the former Arsenal man, given his comments after Saturday night’s 1-1 draw with Atalanta.

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What did Conte say?

Sanchez has only made four Inter appearances, scoring one goal (Transfermarkt) as his season has been blighted by injury.

The Atalanta game was the second one running where Sanchez was an unused sub and Conte was clearly not happy with his fitness.

As per Sky Sports, he said: “You ask me about (Alexis) Sanchez, well in order to play the guys have to be fit. I am not crazy, I am neither an imbecile or someone who likes to hurt himself.

“I know that one plus one makes two, but if in your opinion it makes five. If I decide to put somebody on the pitch it’s because I have my reasons. It’s not like I want to do hara-kiri or I am demented.”

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Further evidence United made the right call

Given United’s own injury problems, there might have been times this season where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has regretted letting Sanchez leave.

But United have to move on from highly-paid, injury-prone, ageing players who have shown no special desire to be at the club.

Sanchez epitomised that culture, which has been a total failure in the past.

He fell out with people at Arsenal, cutting a lonely figure before he left. He didn’t deliver for United and now he is frustrating another manager.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.