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I can’t wait to start playing, says Arsenal’s William Saliba after joining Marseille


Arsenal's Saliba joins Marseille

Arsenal defender, William Saliba, has finally broken silence after his third loan move from the North London club to French giant, Olympique Marseille.

Saliba, 20, who joined the Gunners for a £27m fee in 2019 is yet to make his debut for the club and was immediately shipped off on loan back to Saint-Etienne.

UK Metro reports that the defender spent the second half of last season with Nice and has now signed up for the 2021/22 campaign with Marseille and he is delighted to be at the club.

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Saliba told Marseille’s official website (via Get French Football News): “I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs.

“I cannot wait to be on the Orange Vélodrome pitch. Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt.’

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“I know Mattéo, Bouba,’ he explained. ‘I know them all, but those are who I am the closest with. I cannot wait to be back with my new teammates so that we can work together… When there is competition, that just pushes us to give the best of ourselves.’

The young centre-back explained how Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli influenced his move back to France, with the boss outlining a style of play that suits Saliba.

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“We spoke. He wanted me in his team,’ said the Frenchman of the Argentine. ‘He explained to me that even though I am a good player now, I had a lot of things to improve.

“With him, I will have ways of progressing… His playing philosophy speaks to me. I can play in a four, on the right or on the left. As long as the team is good, I can play everywhere.”