The Catalan media has continued to run stories highlighting various team's - including Juventus - interest in Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez.

There seem to be new rumours about the winger on a daily basis, which shows the lack of belief that Sanchez will still be a Barcelona player next season.

But the Chile international has not been unsettled by the transfer gossip. Speaking to a Catalan-based newspaper earlier this year, Sanchez said: “I am relaxed about the situation. I want to continue adding to the Barcelona team and win more titles. I have started in important games.”

The former Udinese star was right. Tito Vilanova and Jordi Roura have shown faith in the Chilean despite a poor run in front of goal, netting only seven goals in 37 appearances this season. Only four of those goals have been in the league. Poor.

Sanchez has never been a prolific goalscorer but his poor finishing has overshadowed what he does for the team. For instance, opening spaces, which enables his team-mates to create clear-cut chances.

However, If Pep Guardiola believed Sanchez was worth more than £30m a couple of seasons ago and Vilanova continue to play him on a regular basis, it must be because they both trust his ability and potential to grow into a world-class player worthy of a place alongside Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

Sanchez in only 24 years old and is bound to get better. He has the full backing of the back-room staff and is now showing signs of improvement, especially after a two-goal cameo against bottom side Mallorca on Saturday.

Let’s face it: Sanchez has been extremely clumsy in front of goal this season but there’s no doubting his talent.

Barcelona should keep Sanchez for at least one more season.

 

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