Arsenal loanee Saliba reveals there’s ‘a chance’ he stays at Marseille

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Arsenal loanee William Saliba claps the supporters

Arsenal loanee William Saliba has revealed there is “a chance” that he will stay on loan at Marseille for another season.

The 21-year-old has put in a number of exceptional performances for the French side this season, playing 43 times in all competitions for Jorge Sampaoli’s outfit.

Saliba was allowed to leave Arsenal on loan in the summer with a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.

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However, his recent call-up to the France national team has seen rumours that he could return to the Arsenal first team next campaign.

His future remains undecided though and, ahead of talks with Arsenal over his future, Saliba has given Marseille fans hope that he could be around again next season.

“There is always a chance,” Saliba told Le Parisien. “I do not hide that I am very happy in Marseille.

“I have developed, I have passed a milestone. If I make it into France’s squad it’s thanks to Marseille, because there is a lot of visibility.

“They are a very big club with a lot of pressure, but when you’re good there are a lot of good things that happen to you.

“We will see in May or June depending on the discussions. Today, my future, I don’t know what it is.”

It is not the first time Saliba has commented on his future with the centre-back insisting in an interview with L’Equipe earlier this month that he doesn’t want to be sitting on the Gunners’ bench next season.

Saliba said: “They are often in contact with my agent. They send me messages. They watch my matches. They tell me that we have to continue like this.

“I haven’t played much with the Gunners. The coach has made his choices, that’s life. I left on loan, I put the matches together, and I became an international. What happened to me forged a tougher mind, it is not because you have cost €30m that you are playing. I take it positively, even if there are times that you wonder.

“For six months I saw I was the only in the group not to play, that hurt.”

Saliba added: “Of course, I can’t be happy on Arsenal’s bench. I want to play as a starter. Afterwards, if I enter the rotation as a substitute, it’s not like being in the U23s and never being in the squad.”