Rio sends warning to Alexis Sanchez & Philippe Coutinho ahead Of January Transfer Window

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Former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand has warned Alexis Sanchez and Philippe Coutinho to show character after the pair failed in securing moves away from their respective clubs this summer.

Sanchez was close to completing a £60m move to Manchester City on transfer deadline day but Arsenal demanded the deal included Raheem Sterling for the Chilean international.

Asked how team-mates react to failed moves, BT Sport pundit Ferdinand said: ‘For me it’s all down one thing.

‘Does he come in and act professionally at the training ground?

‘If he comes in and says “listen I’ll hold my hands up I do want to leave, I’ve not been allowed to but you will still get 100% commitment from me and you’ll still see that day in day out” then you respect that and say “yeah, you’re still with us” and you continue until the day you leave this club.

‘If there is any negativity or you think that he’s giving anything less than 100%, the players will sniff it and they will wean that guy out.’

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