Arsenal loanee William Saliba sends ‘strong’ message to Marseille ‘that he wants to STAY at the club next season rather than return to the Emirates’ after recently winning the Ligue 1 young player of the year award
- William Saliba has yet to play a game for Arsenal since he joined back in 2019
- He has enjoyed a successful season out on loan at French side Marseille
- The defender was recently crowned as Ligue 1’s young player of the year
- Arsenal loanee Saliba is reportedly keen on staying at Marseille next season
Arsenal loanee William Saliba has reportedly told Marseille that he would like to stay with the club next season.
RMC Sport have reported that the Ligue 1 young player of the year has sent a ‘strong’ and ‘clear’ message in recent days to the club’s management over his desires to remain at Marseille.
Saliba joined Arsenal in 2019 for £27million but has yet to play a game for the Gunners.
William Saliba would rather prolong his stay in France than return to Arsenal for next season
Saliba picked up the award for young player of the season after his fine performances
This has been the third season he has been loaned out to a club in France after prior stints at Saint-Etienne and Nice.
He has enjoyed the best year of his career to date with Marseille, making 52 appearances in all competitions and breaking into the French national team.
However, with his loan spell coming to an end, Jorge Sampaoli’s side will either need to convince the Gunners to allow him go out on loan again or sign him up on a permanent transfer.
Arsenal won’t be in any rush to sell Saliba, who is contracted at the Emirates Stadium for a further two seasons.
Saliba, has been away on loan for three seasons and is yet to play for the Gunners
The 21-year-old spoke out about his future during a ceremony in Paris on Sunday, where he was given the award for young player of the 2021-22 season.
He said: ‘It’s an honour, a source of pride. I dedicate this trophy to my team-mates, my club and the supporters.
‘Did I play my last match with Olympique de Marseille? I don’t know. The future will tell us.
‘The most important thing is to confirm this good season by qualifying for the Champions League. Afterwards, we’ll see.’
Marseille need to pick up a point from their final game of the season at home to Strasbourg to guarantee themselves a place in next season’s Champions League.
They will have to get that result without Saliba, who is unavailable due to suspension
Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli wants to keep hold of the 21-year-old centre-back
The defender has clearly made a positive impression at Marseille, with manager Jorge Sampaoli recently revealing that he would be keen to keep hold of the 21-year-old.
He told reporters: ‘William’s progress is linked to his development this season and the maturity he now has and his playing time.
‘He is now consistent, he’s grown up as a player. In relation to his situation at the club, I hope that there is a possibility for us to retain a player like him, who knows the team.
‘But I don’t know if it depends on OM, William or Arsenal. I don’t know the possibilities in this case.’
If he were to return to Arsenal, he would be in direct competition with Gabriel and Ben White for a place in the starting line-up.
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