Arsenal loanee William Saliba explains why he wants to stay at Marseille
Posted by  badge Boss on May 22
Arsenal’s William Saliba has spent the season on loan at Marseille (Picture: Getty)

loanee William Saliba has confirmed he wants to stay at Marseille rather than return to the Emirates this summer.

The France international has spent the 2021-22 campaign on loan at Marseille but was due to return to north London at the end of the season.

However, Saliba says he wants to extend his spell at Marseille after helping the Ligue 1 side qualify for next season’s .

Marseille were in a battle with Monaco to finish second in Ligue 1 and secure a place in Europe’s top competition, and thrashed Strasbourg 4-0 on the final day to finish runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain.

Speaking after Marseille’s emphatic win on Saturday, Saliba said: ‘I want to come back and play the Champions League. I have never played in it and I want to discover it here.’

Arsenal but the then-teenager was immediately sent back to his boyhood club on loan.

Saliba has impressed for Ligue 1 runners-up Marseille (Picture: Reuters)

Saliba was handed the number 4 shirt when he returned to Arsenal the following summer but before sending him out on another loan in January.

The 21-year-old was at Nice last season and Marseille this term and now looks set to secure a permanent move away from the Emirates.

Last week, Saliba was and was , having made two appearances for his country earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi – also on loan at Marseille – .

‘I hope William stays here. He’s having a great season, he deserves everything that has happened to him,’ Guendouzi said. ‘He’s a great guy and he’s had a lot of great games.’

Arsenal end the season with a home match against Frank Lampard’s Everton on Sunday but the Gunners .

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