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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.

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