Alexis Sanchez has spoken of his delight after completing a permanent move to Inter Milan from Manchester United.
The Red Devils handed Sanchez a £9million pay-off as part of his free transfer to Inter after finally ending his nightmare spell at Old Trafford on Thursday, where he scored just five goals and produced nine assists in 45 matches.
United were said to be very satisfied at the outcome considering Sanchez would have earned about £50m under his contract at Old Trafford that had nearly two years left to run.
Alexis Sanchez is delighted that he completed a move to Inter Milan from Manchester United
The Red Devils handed Sanchez a £9million pay-off as part of his free transfer to Inter
The Premier League club also waived a transfer fee so that Inter could turn Sanchez’s loan at the San Siro into a permanent move and sign the Chile star on a three-year deal worth £130,000-a-week.
And Sanchez is equally happy that his nightmare spell at United is over.
‘I’m really happy to be staying here with you, Inter fans,’ Sanchez told Inter’s social media channels. ‘I’ve found a family here, and the staff are great.
‘[It’s] a group where there’s a real desire to win something big. People here want to fight together as a team to give the club the success it deserves.
Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward negotiated the bumper pay-off for Sanchez
‘I’m hungry and I want to win – my goal is to make all our fans happy. I’m here to win, and I’m happy that I’m staying here at Inter!’
Sanchez’s contract at United was worth up to £560,000-a-week and made him the highest-paid player in the Premier League, but he was desperate to stay in Italy.
Sanchez is now free to continue playing for the Italians in the Europa League and could even face United in Cologne if both clubs make it through to the final on August 21.