Arsene Wenger insists it is completely his decision not to sell Alexis Sanchez this summer with the Arsenal boss ready to take the risk of losing him on a free transfer next summer, Sky Sports reports.
Sanchez, who returned to training earlier this week, has less than a year remaining on his current deal at the Emirates and is yet to sign fresh terms to stay at the club.
Sky Sports News understands he is a transfer target for Manchester City, but Wenger says he wants to keep the 28-year-old for the forthcoming season and has the full support of the board.
“Yes, the board supports me to make the decisions on a technical front,” Wenger replied when asked if he had 100 per cent backing from the board to decide who comes and who leaves.
“I can tell you is that he is focused, and my decision is clear: he will stay and he will respect that. It is as simple as that.
“Every negotiation has to be a little bit secret. The transparency of society is very pushy but we have to resist a little bit, as much as we can. I think he will be here this season, and if we can do it for more seasons we will do it as well.”