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Alexis Sanchez to remain with Inter Milan for rest of season

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The Manchester United forward is not yet returning to England.

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Inter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio has confirmed the club’s plans for Manchester United’s striker Alexis Sanchez.

The 31-year-old Chilean international is on loan with Inter and has been since the start of the season, but he has missed much of the campaign due to injury, playing just 15 games so far for the club.

He has struggled for form, scoring just a single goal in that time, and Lautaro Martinez has emerged as the senior striker for the club, in such excellent form that he is regularly linked with a move to Spanish champions Barcelona.

The striker will not return to England in line with the original loan period agreed with Manchester United and will stay on at least until the end of the currently planned season’s end, but his ultimate future is not any clearer.

Ausilio left his future up for grabs, saying: “He’ll stay with us until the end of the season, then we’ll decide about his future with Manchester United. He’ll have the opportunity to show his skills.”

Sanchez scored just five goals for United after joining from Arsenal in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and made 45 appearances first under Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

There may be a way back for Sanchez at Old Trafford as a result of the cornavirus, which has made some clubs reluctant to spend big when they could use their existing players. Sanchez’s huge £500,000-a-week wages could also prove an obstacle for any potential suitors.

Solskjaer is known to want reinforcements for the right wing to assist Daniel James, and while Jadon Sancho is a target from Borussia Dortmund, and Jack Grealish is reported to have agreed personal terms with United, there is a chance that Sanchez could play the role on the right wing for a further season at United.