LONDON – Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger ruled out on Tuesday the departure of Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez and German midfielder Mesut Özil in January’s winter transfer window.
The contracts of both Alexis and Özil, two key players on the English team, expire in June 2018, but they have not yet signed extensions despite repeated renewal offers.
“In my head, they stay until the end of the season and that’s a decision that was taken at the start of the season,” the French coach said in reference to the two stars.
Wenger reiterated that he hopes to keep both players for the next season.
“They’re into the final year of their contract. Will they stay longer? That’s impossible to answer today because I don’t know,” Arsenal’s coach insisted, according to the English club’s official website.
Özil has been at Arsenal since September 2013, when he moved from Real Madrid, while Alexis joined the Gunners in July 2014 from Barcelona.