While at Serie A club Udinese, Alexis Sanchez once had to run home from the town center after locking his car keys in his car
The Chilean international, who has recently joined Manchester United from Arsenal during the January transfer window, joined Udinese at the young age of 17.
Sanchez initially struggled with the physical demands of the Serie A and had to take a strict gym program to recondition his body to be able to meet the demands of the league.
“Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping. But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone in his car,” Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto explained to the Inside United magazine, as reported on Goal.
“I’m not sure what most people would have done, but he just ran home. He jogged the 8km from the heart of the city to his house in the hills.
“Bemused locals saw him in his club tracksuit running and called us at the paper. It was typical of Alexis to turn the situation into an improvised cross-country run.”
In Sanchez’s first season at Udinese, he managed 32 appearances in all competitions and scored 5 goals with 3 assists.
“In his first season, he [Alexis] was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot,” Oleotto recalls. “The physicality in the penalty area was too much for him. But the team needed him more central, closer to the goal, to make the most of his dribbling.