Saliba: I pushed for the move from Marseille | News Arseblog
William Saliba says he’s pushed for a move to Marseille and can’t wait to use his year at the Stade Vélodrome to advance his game.
Most Arsenal fans expected the France Under-21 international to be part of Mikel Arteta’s first team this summer, but the Gunners quickly decided he should gain more experience. somewhere else.
Having entered loan spells with former club Saint Etienne and with an impressive half-season at Nice under his belt, Saliba had plenty of suitors, including teams in England.
In the end, he opted for a return to his homeland and is now set to make his competitive debut for Les Olympiens on Sunday when they start their Ligue 1 campaign in Montpellier.
“Marseille are one of the best clubs in France with a lot of support in Marseille and throughout France,” he said in a press conference on Thursday. “You have to sweat in the jersey when you’re here.
“I spoke with the coach and the president [before deciding on the loan]. I was convinced. For a youngster like me, it’s good to come here to improve.
“I chose Marseille because it is the right choice. I pushed to come here. We’ll see what happens next season.
“I’m young, I’m 20, I haven’t proven anything. I want to progress here.
Pablo Longoria, president of Marseille, is obviously delighted to attract Saliba to the Côte d’Azur.
“At the club, we enjoyed making this transfer,” he said.
“William has extraordinary potential. He has all the qualities of a modern central defender. He has the ability to win duels, he has everything to succeed at a very high level.