Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has insisted that Alexis Sanchez’s commitment will not reduce during the final year of his contract with the club.
Sanchez is yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates, with the current one set to expire in less than 12 months.
Wenger has remained adamant that the Chilean would not be sold at any fee this summer, with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City keen on the 28-year-old.
The Frenchman is ready to keep Sanchez whether or not he signs a new deal and expects his “hunger index” to remain high.
“You could say as well the other way round,” Wenger told beIN Sports.
“The real question we have to answer is does the hunger index increase or decrease when you have a short contract or a long contract?
“I would be on the opposite side. That means the hunger index is higher when the contracts are shorter and it decreases naturally when the guys have long contracts.”
Discussing the importance of players being tied to long-term deals, Wenger added: “Contracts mean a lot.
“When you sign them as a club, you have to pay the money for the player if he performs or not.
“That gives you a huge responsibility and gives a guarantee of income to the players. Overall, I believe that it has a meaning.”