Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has i that France defender William Saliba, who was on loan at Marseille this season, is to return for next season. RMC sports reported.
The coach explains that the decision to let the former Saint-Étienne man go out on loan was the right one, with Saliba finding more game time as he became a key part of Jorge Sampaoli’s OM team that finished second.
Although the 21-year-old, who was named young player of the year this season, would not be against staying with Marseille for another year, his parent club appear to be intent on bringing him into the fray this summer.
“He has to come back. He has the experience and the necessary environment to be competitive with us. If he had stayed with us this year, with one Premier League game a week and with Ben White and Gabriel, he wouldn’t have had half the game time he had with Marseille, that’s for sure.”
“In terms of his growth and what he could do next year it wouldn’t have been good. William wasn’t with us because he wouldn’t have had the playing time required to gain experience. That’s it, nothing else.”
Marseille head of communications Jacques Cardoze indicated that defender William Saliba wanted to stay at the club.
The 21-year-old, who was named young player of the year last week, has been on loan from Arsenal this season.
Saliba is tied to Arsenal until the end of the 2023-24 season, but ostensibly would like to continue in Provence after an impressive season under Jorge Sampaoli which saw the club finish second and qualify for the Champions League on the final day.
“There is a budget to stick to and a desire on the part of the owner [Frank McCourt] to make sure the club is balanced. There are priorities with regard to FFP.”
“William’s desire is not in doubt. He’s obviously told Pablo [Longoria] and he said it to me again on the pitch on Saturday. He is sincere, but there is a contractual reality. He belongs to Arsenal. But if his desire is to stay with us, we will see. Everyone wants him to be here next season.”
Adapted from getfootballfrance