Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda believes Alexis Sanchez’s loan transfer to Inter Milan has already made him a different man.
Sanchez recently ended a miserable 18-month spell at Manchester United by joining Inter on a season-long loan deal.
With regular opportunities an unlikely prospect at Old Trafford, the 30-year-old was keen to get out. Therefore, he grabbed the chance with both hands when Inter came calling for him.
Sanchez undoubtedly hopes that the San Siro switch will help him rediscover his best form now that it’s done and dusted.
And it appears that the return to Italy is already working wonders for the former Udinese striker, with Rueda noticing a big change in Sanchez.
“His mood has totally changed after the change of club and he will show that on the pitch for Inter. He deserves it and we need him,” Rueda told AS.
After starring in the Arsenal attack for four years, United’s inability to extract the maximum of a proven Premier League performer in Sanchez left many both stunned and baffled.
The Chilean ended up only scoring five goals in 45 appearances following his January 2018 arrival.
Although Sanchez recently stated he harbours no regrets over his time at the club, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaving the door open for his return next summer.
But Rueda feels that Sanchez’s struggles were simply down to him being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“Many things like the weather can have an effect on things,” said the 62-year-old.
“He was signed by Jose Mourinho who then left the club. Sometimes you just end up in the wrong place but Alexis is happy now.”
Sanchez will don the No.7 jersey at Inter following Mauro Icardi’s deadline day loan move to Paris Saint-Germain.
The ex-Barcelona and Arsenal star could make his Nerazzurri debut on September 14 against old club Udinese.