William Saliba snubs Arsenal future question and refuses to say where he will be next season
‘I’d rather not talk about it’: William Saliba snubs Arsenal future question as defender refuses to say where he will play at his club next season
- Saliba joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in 2019 in a deal worth £27million
- Making no appearances, he has spent the last two seasons on loan
- The 20-year-old currently plays for Marseille in Ligue 1 and is a key player
- The French defender refused to be fired over his future at the Gunners when asked
William Saliba has remained coy about where he will play his next football campaign after being asked about his future.
The 20-year-old, currently on loan at Marseille in Ligue 1, has established himself as a key player under coach Jorge Sampaoli.
Saliba has made 21 appearances in all competitions so far this season and has been a consistent player in the heart of defence.
William Saliba has been a standout performer under Marseille coach Jorge Sampaoli
The 20-year-old is currently on loan at the French club until the end of the current season
He joined Arsenal from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 for £27million but did not play
He refused to reveal where he will play next season after being questioned by RTL media.
“I prefer not to talk about my future, but I’m fine here.
‘I don’t regret my decision. I have been very happy since day one.
“I have a year here and I will give my all.”
The Frenchman joined Arsenal in the summer of 2019 from Saint-Etienne for £27million but has spent the last two seasons on loan and is yet to make his debut for the Gunners.
He returned to Saint-Etienne for the rest of the 2019-20 campaign, before also playing for Nice in his native country.
Arsenal brought Ben White from Brighton in a £50million deal last summer, prompting Saliba to join Marseille on a season-long loan, with Mikel Arteta keen for him to play regularly .
Saliba remains in the Spaniards’ plans though, and the Gunners boss previously revealed the club are watching him closely, sending representatives to watch him play for Marseille in their 0-0 draw with Paris Saint-Germain in October. .
Ben White joined Arsenal last summer meaning Saliba’s playing time would have been limited
Mikel Arteta says Saliba still has future at club after sending representatives to monitor him
“Yes, as a club we are still in touch.
“Edu and Ben Knapper (Arsenal’s loan officer) were there to watch him and closely monitor the progress he was making.
“He is obviously our player and we do that with all the loan players we have.”
When asked if Saliba could play at the Emirates next season, Arteta previously said: “It’s a decision we will make next summer.”
“He is our player and naturally it will happen. We will have to sit down and decide what is the best next step.
If Saliba continues to shine, the club will likely offer him a new contract, with his current one set to expire in 2024.