MANCHESTER, UK—After being labelled “the biggest mercenary in football”, Alexis Sanchez has today pledged to donate 10% of his record breaking salary to his former club Arsenal.
The 29-year-old caused controversy last month by signing for the mega-rich—but largely unknown—Manchester United, and now Sanchez has decided as a show of good will to help out his cash-strapped former employers.
“Times are pretty tough at Arsenal right now. Ever since they moved into that new 60,000 seater stadium the club has barely made over £420m a season,” Sanchez told ArsenalFanTv. “Hopefully this can help in some small way.”
Sanchez, who according to British tabloids must be one of the 100 richest people alive, will donate one tenth of his wages which could earn his former side up £30,000 per week.
“It will help keep the lights on for another year I suppose,” Martin Keown told the BBC, “but he’s still one of the worst human beings to have ever lived. Right up there with Hitler.”
Not all reaction to the news has been positive however. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola used today’s press conference to complain that Sanchez had not offered any compensation to his club despite pinkie promising to sign for the Citizens.