Alexis Sanchez "angry" as Chile coach defends under-fire Inter Milan star

Alexis Sanchez is “angry” with Inter Milan over his lack of game time this season, according to Chile head coach Martin Lasarte.

Sanchez has played just 70 minutes of football spread across four substitute appearances for his club this season.

The 32-year-old forward began the season with a thigh injury but has been frustrated with his treatment by Inter boss Simone Inzaghi since returning to fitness.

Despite his difficulties at club level, Sanchez still retains an important role for his country and he contributed an assist in Chile’s 2-0 win over Paraguay on Sunday night.

After the match Lasarte was asked to give his assessment of the former Arsenal and Manchester United man’s performance.

“Alexis’ second half was extraordinary to me. He looked like Alexis at his best,” he said.

“Surely he is angry because he always wants more. Last week I heard people saying that he had no minutes in his legs and was not in top condition.”

Sanchez contributed seven goals and five assists in 30 Serie A appearances last season as Inter won the title under Antonio Conte.

But it’s been all change this season, with Conte and top-scorer Romelu Lukaku leaving the club over the summer.

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Former Lazio boss Inzaghi was brought in to replace Conte and while Inter have made a decent start to the season, winning five and drawing two in Serie A, they have not used Sanchez much at all.

Lautaro Martinez, Edin Dzeko and Joaquin Correa have been rotated as Inter’s two-man strike attack, keeping Sanchez on the substitutes’ bench.

He is therefore widely expected to push for a transfer in the January window with Arsenal, West Ham and Marseille among the clubs linked with a move.

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Sanchez is under contract with Inter until June 2023, however, the club can terminate it a year early as long as they pay him a severance pay of around £3.82million (€4.5m), according toCalciomercato.

If Sanchez does leave in January then Inter could replace him with Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Sanchez has endured quite the dip since Manchester United fought off competition from Manchester City to sign him from Arsenal on a four-and-a-half year deal on an eye-watering £400,000-a-week back in January 2018.

After flopping at Old Trafford, he joined Inter on loan before signing for the Italian club as a free agent on a three-year deal in August 2020.

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