In the latest issue of Inside United magazine, a highlight of the 16-page special is a fascinating account by football Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto of how Manchester United's new signing Alexis Sanchez locked his keys in the car and ran a distance of 8km back home.
Oleotto who according to the publication has followed Sanchez's career closely during the Chilean's time with Udinese in Serie A and describes how he became the man he is today by improving his physical attributes.
"So he began improving his body and they built him an ad-hoc gym. He worked out for two hours a day after training. I remember seeing him halfway through pre-season training camp and being shocked by how much muscle he had put on.”
"Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping. But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone in his car.
"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.
" said Oleotto as reported by Man United's official website
Born in Tocopilla, Sanchez was a product of C.D. Cobreloa's prolific youth ranks where he was teammate
of current Chile national team players such as Charles Aranguiz and Eduardo Vargas. In February 2005, Sanchez was promoted to the senior first team by manager Nelson Acosta.
After an impressive season with Cobreloa, Sanchez caught the attention of Serie A club Udinese, which signed him for a £1.7 million fee, on April 21, 2006. Udinese, however, began a maturation project with Sanchez and immediately loaned him to Chilean giants Colo-Colo in a season-long deal.
Following an impressive FIFA U-20
World Cup outing where Chile achieved the third place with José Sulantay as coach
, his loan with Colo-Colo expired and on August 15, 2007. He joined Argentina's River Plate on loan from Udinese.