Arsenal star William Saliba casts doubt over transfer future and hints at Marseille return next season after loan

ARSENAL centre-back William Saliba is continuing to discuss his love for Marseille as he again reiterated his desire to stay at the Stade Velodrome.

The 21-year-old has thrived on loan at the Ligue 1 outfit this season, having appeared in a whopping 49 games in all competitions.

William Saliba has once again expressed his desire to stay at Marseille on loan from ArsenalCredit: AFP

Saliba is yet to make his first team debut for the Gunners since joining in 2019, but fans are hopeful he will be given his chance next season following his impressive form.

Arsenal are understood to be keen to open talks with the defender over a contract extension.

But the player has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain at Marseille in recent weeks.

Marseille president Pablo Longoria has even publicly announced he plans to keep the ex-Nice loanee at the club.

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Saliba warned boss Mikel Arteta last month that he won’t be returning to North London if he isn’t guaranteed to feature regularly.

And his latest comments show that the former Saint-Etienne man is determined to remain at Marseille.

Speaking to Amazon Prime via GFFN, he said: “My wish is to finish the season well, to leave on a good note in case I don’t come back.

“It would be my pleasure to come back no matter what.

“It’s not as if I know I’m not going to come back, it’s Marseille, it’s my club.”

His French compatriot and ex-Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre believes Saliba is not ready yet to be in contention to play under Arteta.

He added: “If you look at Gabriel and Ben White, I think that should be the partnership for next season. If Saliba comes in, he will be a back-up.

“He is still young and I would be tempted to give him another year on loan so he can become even more consistent.

“He has improved on this loan, but there have been some games where he wasn’t at his best level.

“To develop and to become a big part of Arsenal for the future, if you put him on the bench after playing a full season for Marseille, that would be a backwards step in his development.”


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