Marseille boss Sampaoli admits he wants to keep Arsenal defender Saliba
Olympique Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli admits he wants to keep William Saliba.
On-loan Arsenal defender Saliba has helped Marseille into pole position for Champions League qualification behind runaway champions Paris Saint-Germain, featuring in all but one league match ahead of their final two games of the top-flight season.
The 21-year-old is yet to make his Arsenal debut and will face a battle to dislodge Ben White and Gabriel in Gunners manager Mikel Arteta's defensive plans.
Sampaoli said: "William's progress is linked to his development this season and the maturity he now has and his playing time.
"He is now consistent, he's grown up as a player. In relation to his situation at the club, I hope that there is a possibility for us to retain a player like him, who knows the team.
"But I don't know if it depends on OM, William or Arsenal. I don't know the possibilities in this case."
Former Saint-Etienne prospect Saliba, who joined Arsenal for £27million in the summer of 2019, has said he is open to speaking to his parent club about his future and potentially staying at Marseille.