Arsenal News: In what appeared to be a thinly veiled shot at Arsenal, William Saliba opened the possibility of extending his contract with Marseille.
The 21-year-old centre-back is nearing the end of a season-long loan with the Ligue 1 giants. He has made a total of 45 appearances across all competitions. In March, his impressive showing for Marseille earned him a call-up to the senior France side. The defender made two appearances for Les Bleus.
Saliba’s talent is unsurprising given that he joined the Emirates in a £27 million deal as a teenager in 2019.
He is yet to make his Arsenal debut. He was quick to point out that he owed his first France caps to the opportunities he was given at Marseille, rather than his parent club.
Arsenal News: What did Saliba say?
“There’s always a chance,” Saliba said of staying at the Stade Velodrome to French publication Le Parisien. “I am not ashamed to admit that I am ecstatic to be in Marseille. I’ve progressed, and I’ve reached a significant milestone.
“They are a very big club with a lot of pressure. Depending on the conversations, we’ll find out around May or June. Today, I have no idea what my future holds.”
Saliba has helped Marseille reach second place in Ligue 1 to the Europa Conference League semi-finals. Marseille will meet Feyenoord of the Netherlands and will be hoping to advance in the tournament.
He was picked to the starting XI for Sunday’s top-flight match against Paris Saint-Germain. PSG are on their way to a third consecutive league triumph.
Is there any hope for Saliba at Arsenal in the long run?
It is unclear whether Saliba will be granted the opportunity to stay at Marseille next season since he is scheduled to meet with Arsenal officials this summer.
Saliba has just over two years left on his contract in North London, and earlier this season he was upbeat about his chances of breaking into the first team.
“I know it’s tough to explain or understand sometimes after the money that the club has spent trying to get him in, to send him on loan,” Arteta said of Saliba.
“But a lot of things have occurred to him, and we need to safeguard him because he’s a long-term player for us. And three or four games isn’t enough for him. He’s overjoyed to be going there right now. Hopefully, he’ll have a good time playing football and be ready for us next season.”