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Arsenal defender Saliba admits Varane an inspiration

Arsenal defender William Saliba admits he looks to Real Madrid star Raphael Varane as a role model.

Saliba signed for the Gunners last summer before being loaned back to St Etienne for the past season.

He told L'Equipe: “I have always had football in me. No matter how many people told me that I had very little chance of going pro, I never had a plan B or plan C. I stayed focused on my dream. Either we go for it or we fail.

"Now that I have made my dream of becoming a professional come true, I want to do things like Raphaël Varane, the best French defender: continue to break through levels, play for the French team and win all possible titles.

"It is for this reason that I am so disappointed not to be able to play this final. Instead I hope to attend a match with a crazy scenario and a 2-1 victory for Saint-Étienne."

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