William Saliba has plenty of options on the table, but one move he won’t be making is to Rennes, after they messed him around last summer.

William Saliba with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)
William Saliba with the Arsenal u21s (Photo via Arsenal Academy on Twitter)

Ouest-France (via GFFN) report that William Saliba has rejected the possibility of a loan to Rennes this summer, as he still feels wronged by their treatment of him in the 2020 window.

Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice contacted Arsenal over a move, but they couldn’t afford a permanent move for Saliba and he didn’t want a loan.

According to the report, Saliba had an agreement to join Rennes on a season-long loan last summer. He was ready to make the move, but they stalled and stalled while they pushed forward with a move for Daniele Rugani instead.

After waiting until the very end of the window, Saliba was left frustrated as Rennes never closed the deal. Then came the fiasco with Saint-Etienne, as administrative errors prevented Arsenal from loaning Saliba there either.

Whilst this doesn’t totally absolve Arsenal of blame, it does go a long way to explaining why the club failed to send Saliba on loan. Until now, the assumption was that they’d just dragged out the Saint-Etienne negotiations for too long.

Instead, it appears the Saint-Etienne move was a last-minute decision after Rennes had been screwing Saliba around for a while. A loan still should have been completed, but obviously there’s more room for error when you have to do a deal so late.

For the time being, Saliba’s future is up in the air again after his call-up for the Olympics. Arsenal were planning to give him a chance in pre-season, but they’re now not going to get that opportunity.

The assumption now is that he’ll go on another loan. But not to Rennes.