Alexis Sanchez ran 8km race in Udinese after locking his keys in his car

Alexis Sanchez ran 8km race in Udinese after locking his keys in his car

- Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez ran mini marathon at Udinese after locking his keys in his cars

- He joined the Red Devils in a swap-deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to Arsenal in January

- The 29-year-old is the highest paid Premier League player

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez had once ran an 8km race to his house after locking his car keys while at Italian Serie A side Udinese.

The 29-year-old, who is the current highest paid Premier League player, joined the Red Devils from Arsenal in a swap-deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates Stadium in January.

And the Chilean forward has stepped up his game from when he was in Italy, as he can claim to be a record breaker in his own right, as the only player to score a hat-trick in Serie A, La Liga and the Premier League.

Meanwhile, Sanchez would be hoping he can win titles with his new side, having inspired Arsenal to two FA Cup titles and a Community Shield in his reign at the club.

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"Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping,” Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto told United's official website.

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"But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone. 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."

Sanchez spent three years as part of the first team set up in Udine, before leaving to join Barcelona in 2011.

Sanchez had originally signed for Udinese in 2006, being sent on loan to Chilean side Colo-Colo and then Argentine giants River Plate.

He scored just three times in 43 games during his first campaign in Europe, but Oleotto has revealed how he soon made himself integral to the Zebrete, after packing on the muscle.

"In his first season, Alexis was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot,” he added. "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.

"So he began improving his body and they build him an ad-hoc gym. He worked out for two hours a day after training.

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"I remember seeing him halfway through pre-season training camp and being shocked by how much muscle he had put on."

The Chilean forward led his country to back-to-back titles in 2015 and 2016 - beating Argentina on both occasions.

While at Barcelona, he won a Spanish league title with Barcelona in 2012–13, one Copa del Rey 2011–12 and two Supercopa titles 2011, 2013.

Sanchez also has a Uefa Super Cup title (2011) and a Fifa Club World Cup title to his credit.

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