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Which players could be the next to run their contracts down like Alexis Sanchez?

David De Gea, Thibaut Courtois and Marco Reus are just three of players whose contracts expire in 2019. Will they run their contracts down like Alexis Sanchez?

Alexis Sanchez has got his wish.

The Chilean Craig Bellamy- as Arsenal fans are now insisting on calling him- ran down his contract so that the club had no option other than to get him off the books.

Premier League managers must now be living in fear of lucrative 10-year contracts and players going on strike as soon as things start going wrong.

But which players could follow Sanchez’s example and see their contracts through to 2019 before leaving for nothing?


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The eyes of a man who is still worried that he’s going to wake up and it all be a dream

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The eyes of a man who is still worried that he’s going to wake up and it all be a dream

David De Gea (Man United)

Man United would be a mid-table Championship side if it wasn’t for De Gea’s saves.

Okay, that’s a bit strong, but even with Sanchez and Paul Pogba in the side De Gea remains United’s most important player.

If Real Madrid have any sense they’ll have invested in a state of the art fax machine and convinced De Gea to ride his contract out then get on the first flight to Madrid.

Inconceivable save no.1064

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Inconceivable save no.1064

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea)

The main obstacle between De Gea and a move to Madrid stands at 6ft 6in between Chelsea’s goalposts.

Courtois spent three seasons with Atletico Madrid and has already stated his desire to return to Madrid and be with his family.

Add in Madrid’s decision to pass on Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga and you’ve got yourself a gold standard transfer rumour.

One for the cameras

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One for the cameras

Jan Vertonghen (Spurs)

Name a better left footed centre-back in Europe than Vertonghen. Three, two, one. You couldn’t, could you?

Giorgio Chiellini and Samuel Umtiti would be in with a shout but Vertonghen’s technique and composure mark him out as a genuinely world-class defender.

The Belgian’s contract is expiring in 2019, which must have Spurs fans coming out in cold sweats and seeing Sol Campbell every time they close their eyes.

Squint and you’ll see Sol Campbell

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Squint and you’ll see Sol Campbell

Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid)

The Rock of Rosario has come to stand for everything good about Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid side.

He’s performed to such a high level since joining from Villarreal that there’s not a club in world football that would turn him down.

Let the bidding begin.

How much money do you want, Diego?

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How much money do you want, Diego?

Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund)

Arsenal’s relentless desire to rebuild Dortmund’s glory years could gather pace if Arsene Wenger convinces Reus to see out his contract and move to north London.

Ahh, the irony.

We can see it now though. Nuri Sahin feeding Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who plays the ball to Reus. Reus crosses for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score and Gunnersaurus goes wild.

Two future Arsenal legends

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Two future Arsenal legends

Adrien Rabiot (PSG)

While Arsenal try and assemble Dortmund’s old side, PSG are trying to assemble a team in which every player costs upwards of £150miillion.

Rabiot is one of the few academy graduates who’s bridged the gap in Paris, but he’s yet to commit to a long-term contract.

It can’t be easy when you’re fined every time you don’t pass to Neymar.

One game of Twister too far for PSG

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One game of Twister too far for PSG

Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen)

In 2016 Brandt became the youngest player since Gerd Muller to score in six consecutive Bundesliga games.

He’s only 21 but has five years of Bundesliga experience under his belt and 13 international caps for Germany to his name.

Sounds perfect for a failed spell at Chelsea followed by nine years of domination with Man City.

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Brandt new

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