William Saliba won’t be drawn on his long-term future, but he says he’s happy with his decision to join Marseille on loan this season.
Speaking in an interview with RTL this week (via GFFN), William Saliba was asked about a potential future with Marseille beyond the current campaign.
Saliba went on a season-long loan to the Ligue 1 club this summer, but his deal has him set to return to Arsenal next year. As things stand, the defender is unwilling to discuss the matter further than that.
“I prefer not to speak about my future, but I’m very good here,” Saliba said.
“I don’t regret my decision. I’ve been very happy since day one. I have a year here and I’m going to give my all.”
There’s no doubt that Saliba has had one of the most successful loans of any Arsenal player this season, if not the most successful.
Thanks to Daniel Ballard’s recent injury, Saliba is now top of the charts for minutes on loan this campaign. He’s made 22 appearances and is approaching 2,000 minutes before the halfway point of the season.
The context of those minutes is also important. Other than perhaps Hector Bellerin (and obviously Matteo Guendouzi), few other loanees are at a club performing at the top of a top-five league and playing in European competition as well.
Saliba has held down a place in a good team and helped them to plenty of positive results and clean sheets along the way. Sunday’s clean sheet was the 11th of the Frenchman’s season.
The point is that the 20-year-old really has no reason to regret going out on loan. It’s been a huge success, and should only lead to even better things in 2022.