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The Premier League club Arsenal’s William Saliba turned down to join Marseilles revealed


The Premier League club Arsenal’s William Saliba turned down to join Marseilles revealed

Saliba’s confusing Arsenal career

William Saliba has not played a competitive minute for Arsenal since he joined the club in 2018 from Saint Etienne, instead finding himself loaned out on three occasions.

The defender, still just 20-years-old, is plying his trade with Ligue 1 Marseilles this campaign, and has impressed under Jorge Sampaoli’s stewardship.

And Saliba recently hit the headlines for the Ligue 1 outfit, as he found himself facing off against Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi, a test for any defender.

It was, however, one that he passed with flying colours, keeping a clean sheet and having his customary poise on the ball.

But it could have been so different for the French starlet.

Saliba spurns Newcastle for Marseilles

When making his decision to move on loan, Saliba initially wanted to stay in the Premier League, and was set to sign for Northeast side Newcastle United.

As per Sam Dean, of the Daily Telegraph:

“For much of this summer, the defender’s first-choice option was to join Newcastle United on loan. He was attracted to the idea of staying in the Premier League and adjusting to English football”

However, this changed when Marseilles came calling, Dean revealing that:

“As that deal edged closer, though, Marseille came in strongly. The sales pitch from Sampaoli and Pablo Longoria, the club president, was compelling, with the two men promising Saliba a major role in their project”.

Given the contrasting form of the sides, with Newcastle in the relegation of the Premier League, while Marseilles sit second in Ligue 1, it seems as though Saliba may have made the right decision for his longer-term future as he continues to test himself against the best players in the world in France.

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