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Pablo Sanchez contract extension with Adelaide United must be a sure thing

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Adelaide United surely cannot deny Pablo Sanchez a contract extension if he continues to score breathtaking goals.

The classy Spaniard bagged an absolute stunner in Adelaide’s 1-1 draw with Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium on Sunday.It all started from Tarek Elrich’s throw in before Sanchez returned the ball to the left back’s feet.

Sanchez then made an elusive forward run before Elrich slotted the ball between the Glory lines.With a swivel of the hips the Spaniard wrong footed a defender before chipping the ball over the advancing keeper Danny Vukovic.

“It was a very good goal I think with Tarek,’’ Sanchez said. “After I didn’t think about it I was only skill and I was happy for that and it’s an important point for us.“I didn’t think before the (chip) it’s something in my career that I have done in the past. “It’s a good skill for me.”

That goal culminated in Elrich’s fifth assist of the season the most by a defender in the A-League and he also set up three shots on target. But Sanchez declared that goal wasn’t his career best despite critics rating the way he created room for his strike as sublime this A-League season.

“I scored one goal with Recreative Huelva against Celta Vigo that was the best goal in my career,’’ he said. “You can see it on youtube.”

It was Sanchez’s fourth Reds goal of the season before Nebojsa Marinkovic also scored a goal also worthy for contender of the season.Sanchez, 32, has a knack of scoring very important goals for Adelaide this season. Apart from giving table topping Glory a mighty fright, Sanchez has also scored against Sydney FC (3-0) and two against Central Coast Mariners (2-0). But Sanchez’s future with Adelaide appears in limbo.

With coach Josep Gombau re-signing Sergio Cirio until 2017 and last Saturday claiming Marcelo Carrusca and Isaias were set to re-sign this week Sanchez too will be irrestisible if he scores crucial goals.

“I don’t know (my future),’’ Sanchez said. “I’m just focusing on doing my job well and the club and my agent will decide. “I’m very happy here and I like the club and all of Adelaide. “I wish the goals will still come and I’m ready to do the best for me and the team.”

Sanchez has the same Australian agent — FIA Sports Management — as Gombau, Isaias, Cirio and on loan forward Miguel Palanca.

© 2015 News Corp | This article was written by Val Migliaccio and first appeared in the Adelaide Advertiser on 16 February 2015. 

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