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Former Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has explained that he is back to loving football after leaving Manchester United this summer.
Sanchez was signed by Inter Milan on loan before the transfer window slammed shut, with the Chilean international having endured a rough time at Old Trafford.
The forward only managed to score three Premier League goals in 32 appearances for United after his transfer switch from Arsenal in 2018.
That form was a far cry from his outstanding stint at the Gunners, where at the peak of his game he scored 24 league goals during the 2016/17 campaign.
At the age of 30 and out of form, many questioned what Sanchez could provide on his return to the Serie A, but the attacker is back to making headlines.
Sanchez scored his first goal for Inter on Saturday in his new side’s 3-1 win over Sampdoria, before he was sent off for two bookable offences prior to half-time.
Despite this setback, Sanchez has revealed that his love for the game has returned after making the switch to Italy.
“It was a bit like falling in love with football again,” Sanchez told UEFA.
“I already knew the coach and some players, and I think the club is preparing something nice for the future. If I’m not mistaken, Inter haven’t won anything for seven or eight years.
“Yes, it was a bit like finding love for football, together with the desire to win something with this club.
“I believe the coach wants to win everything. You can see it from how we train and how we play games. He conveys his desire to the players and is positive for both the club and the team in general.”
Sanchez faces one of his former clubs in Barcelona this week in the Champions League and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“Barcelona taught me a different style of play, based on ball possession. Plus, I had team-mates you could give the ball to, knowing that then they would give it back to you perfectly,” Sanchez added.
“If you train with such strong players you can only improve. I try to improve myself every day and this helped me grow as a player.
“At Barcelona I learned a lot, in the sense that I grew up. There were great players who had won the World Cup and they allowed me to improve day after day, even physically.”