Nuno Tavares has given an interview in France in which he claims he wanted an option so Marseille could buy him but Arsenal refused.

Marseille's Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares controls the ball during the friendly football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and AC Milan at the Orange Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, on July 31, 2022. (Photo by SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)
Marseille’s Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares controls the ball during the friendly football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and AC Milan at the Orange Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, on July 31, 2022. (Photo by SYLVAIN THOMAS/AFP via Getty Images)

Nuno Tavares has excelled since leaving Arsenal this summer on loan.

The full-back, who initially impressed when he first arrived at Arsenal, suffered from a massive drop in confidence during the season and it seems as if he is enjoying life away from Mikel Arteta.

On loan for the season with Marseille, where William Saliba impressed so much before coming back as a first-team starter at Arsenal, Tavares it seems would have liked the option to stay in France.

“At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney,” Nuno told RMC. “And for me, that’s not even the point. I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position.

“By signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but not Arsenal.

“Now I’m at OM, and with or without an option, I’m happy.

“At Arsenal, I would have probably only played in the cup [FA Cup and EFL Cup]. I came to Marseille to play in my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup [competition]. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”

What will happen next summer remains to be seen.

If Tavares continues to impress with Marseille there is no reason Nuno can’t compete for a first team spot, especially considering Kieran Tierney’s injury problems.

Nuno Tavares has a contract with Arsenal until 2026 after he signed a five-year deal with Arsenal when he arrived in 2021.

He scored three goals in his first four appearances for Marseille.

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