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Chile boss Reinaldo Rueda gives West Ham encouragement with verdict on Alexis Sanchez future

West Ham United have been linked with a move for Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez in the next window.

A report from Italian website FC Inter News linked West Ham with an ambitious move for the Inter Milan loanee in the summer.

Claret & Hugh quoted a ‘senior inside source’ at West Ham when revealing the focus was on signing a strike partner to get the best out of Sebastien Haller.

Then emerged the claims from FC Inter News that West Ham want Sanchez. And that was followed by a report from The Daily Mail which has suggested that the speculation has legs.

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West Ham linked with move for Sanchez

Former West Ham and Man United midfielder Paul Ince backed Sanchez to move to the club where he started his career.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Ince said it would be great business for West Ham and advised Sanchez to make his next move all about playing rather than money.

There have been serious doubts over Sanchez’s ability to rediscover his best form and fitness.

And West Ham fans have questioned the credibility of the links to Sanchez given the Chilean’s huge salary.

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Chile boss gives Hammers dispels concerns

But now the forward’s national team manager Reinaldo Rueda has offered West Ham great encouragement in an interview with Spanish publication Sport.

Rueda revealed the star just wants to play for ‘any club that can give him a chance’. And he says Sanchez is far from washed up.

“It’s been a tough year for him, and that trend goes back to when he left Arsenal and his first year at Manchester United,” Rueda explained to Sport.

“He came to the Copa America in Brazil and was then unlucky enough to get injured against Colombia in a friendly in Alicante.

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‘He still has plenty left in him at the top level’

“That almost thwarted his loan move to Inter and when he eventually recovered from injury, the pandemic struck.

“I just hope all this (global health crisis) passes quickly. Because he’s a great professional with such a strong work ethic. And he’ll perform at a high level for any club that can give him a chance.

“He still has plenty of football left in him at the top level.”

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