Arsenal's forgotten star William Saliba is set for contract talks at the Emirates Stadium, despite being yet to feature under Mikel Arteta.
Saliba joined Arsenal in 2019 for £27million from French side Saint-Etienne, but he was immediately loaned out to his former side. In the two seasons that have passed, Saliba has enjoyed two more loan spells: at Nice and Marseille.
As a result, Saliba is yet to make a first-team appearance three years into his stay at the north London side. But according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Saliba is set for new contract talks at the Gunners in the near future.
Romano suggests that Arteta and Edu both see the 21-year-old as an integral part of Arsenal's future.
He tweeted: "Arsenal plan for William Saliba has not changed: he's considered an important player for present and future, both Arteta and Edu want him as part of the team for next season. There will be conversation on potential new contract soon, up to Saliba too."
Saliba will return to north London in the next month as his loan spell with Marseille is set to finish.
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Marseille are keen to keep hold of the youngster. Their President Pablo Longoria told RMC Sport: “We had a lot of conversations analysing William Saliba’s season, especially in the last few days.
"He’s coming off an extraordinary season, with one of the highest number of matches played in Europe. He also joined the France team, which is incredible at his age. We discussed a lot internally about what we can do, to find out what the possibilities are.
“We respect his club, we have to thank Arsenal. It’s a friendly club that helped us a lot during the last transfer window. We have very good relations.
"We have to talk to each other, see if there is the possibility of reaching an agreement between the clubs, there is the player’s will, the club’s will… But above all, we must respect Arsenal.”
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