Alexis Sánchez Slams Report Claiming He Made £20k Bet On José Mourinho's Sacking
Alexis Sánchez has broken his silence and responded to claims that he had made a £20,000 bet on Manchester United to sack José Mourinho.
The Sun reported that the 30-year-old Chilean international had messaged fellow teammate Marcos Rojo on WhatsApp about a bet they had.
According to the newspaper, he supposedly wrote: "I told you so!! Patience is all it takes. Rojo, you owe me £20k."
However, the former Arsenal and Barcelona star has taken to Twitter to slam the publication's story as "false."
"José gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him," he added. "We are a truly United team. We are MANCHESTER UNITED.
"Respect. I can't wait to help the team! Good luck tomorrow, family!"
This is FALSE!!!. José gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him. We are a truly United team. We are MANCHESTER UNITED. Respect. I can't wait to help the team !. Good luck tomorrow family! pic.twitter.com/9uhXqd5iEU
- Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) 21 December 2018
The former United manager, who was sacked on Tuesday, brought Sánchez to Old Trafford as part of a swap deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
The Red Devils star has failed to replicate his form from his Gunners days, but he could kick-start his career under new caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær.
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Today, the 45-year-old Norwegian has had his first press conference in his new role and United fans would have loved every minute of it.
"These are quality players," he said. "You play without fear, with courage. You go out there and express your skills. Take risks. I want the players to be the kids that love to play football and go out in front of the best fans in the world.
"That period at Cardiff [City] was a huge step for me. I made a few mistakes, but If you don't make mistakes, you're not going to learn.
"When you're at Manchester United, there are a set of demands and one is to be a team player and I don't think anyone has been on the bench more than me. That's my comeback to players, you might come on make an impact.
"He's [Sir Alex Ferguson] influenced me with everything. I've already been in touch with him, there's no-one to get better advice from.
"I will have an input [in January signings]. The job now is get to know the players. I've seen more or less every game. What I think I can improve them on. That's my job. The club has the recruitment and scouting, I'm sure they have their targets.
"I didn't think twice when they called me to sign me as a player and I didn't this time either.
"This is more of an honour and a privilege. This is until the summer now."
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Featured Image Credit: PA/Alexis Sánchez