This Sunday at 8:45 pm, William Saliba will experience his second classic against PSG. A meeting where he will start as a holder in the central hinge. Borrowed by Arsenal last summer, the Marseille defender gave Paris few details about his future.
Despite his good matches played during loan to OGC Nice not in Mikel Arteta’s plans at Arsenal, William Saliba (21) has agreed to play some time at Olympique de Marseille. A paid option is undeniable in defender Jorge Sampaoli’s system. But at the end of the season, the Frenchman will return to Arsenal.
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If he does not know what his future will hold, the idea of living in the south of France is a real choice for Saliba: “There is always a chance. I do not hide that I am very happy in Marseille (…) Will see in May or June, depending on the discussion. Today, I don’t know my future,” he told Le Parisien.
A few months ago, Arteta announced that he was closely monitoring the defender’s performance and seemed inclined to give the player his chance at Arsenal: “We have room for him with us.” But the French know that Marseille offered him a real change in his career: “I developed, I passed a milestone. If I got into the France team, it was thanks to Marseille.”
“The coach helped me a lot to grow”
Hours before the classic against PSG (8:45 pm), it is a confident Saliba who will try to block Kylian Mbappe. A task not very clear has been given the form of an attacker. But as the weeks went by, the defender continued to thank Sampaoli, who quickly relied on him: “The coach helped me a lot to grow. He trusted me very quickly (…) That’s for sure. That when you’re young and you keep going, even when you make mistakes, it helps you move forward.”
In addition to defending well, the man who grew up in le-de-France wants to make a bad move on PSG. Eager to open his goal counter, Saliba would like to take part in Marseille’s breakthrough this Sunday: “To score, yes, it will be a dream, especially in the park.”