Alexis Sanchez has had a "traumatic year" and his best is yet to come

Alexis Sanchez has experienced a “traumatic, very torturous year”, according to Chile boss Reinaldo Rueda. 

However, after all the hardships the Chilean has faced, the Chile boss is confident that Sanchez will re-discover his form. Manchester United sent Sanchez on loan to Inter for the 2019-20 season but he made just nine appearances for the club before the coronavirus pandemic brought the campaign to halt.

Sanchez suffered from an injury while representing his nation at last year’s Copa America and he had to undergo surgery in October due to an ankle problem sustained in a friendly against Colombia. 

When at United, Sanchez scored only three goals in 32 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils but Rueda is assured that he can rediscover his old form.

While talking to SPORT, the Chile boss said, “It has been a traumatic, very torturous year for him, ever since his departure from Arsenal and his first year at Manchester United. 

He came to the Copa America in Brazil and then had that bad luck with the injury. That loan to Inter was almost thwarted and when he recovered the pandemic came.”

“I expect all this to pass quickly because he’s a great professional, has a great attitude in training and will maintain a high standing for any club that gives him a chance. He’s got a lot of football yet to show at the top level.”

When asked about the reason why Sanchez failed to cement a spot in Barcelona, where he spent three years, Rueda said, “There are many factors combined so that extraordinary players do not succeed in one place.

After being the main man and playing important roles in other places, reaching Barcelona and only having a more secondary role takes its toll.”

He then spoke about how different players adapt differently, giving Neymar’s and Arturo Vidal’s examples and concluded by saying that it is not easy to determine the exact reason why Sanchez was not a total success at the Camp Nou. 

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