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Puel wants Arsenal loanee Saliba to play Coupe de France final

Saint-Etienne coach Claude Puel is hoping that he can keep William Saliba for his team's Coupe de France final.

The French defender, 19, is set to join Arsenal in July when his one year loan with Saint-Etienne expires.

But Puel hopes he can keep a hold of the youngster for one more game against PSG.

"William is at the end of his contract at the end of the month," he said in a media conference.

"He takes great pleasure in training with his team. We will see what can be done to keep him a little longer with us."

He added: "We ended last season with players who were coming to the end of the contract, with players who were suspended during the season and who could not serve their suspensions.

"I think it's unfortunate that we did not take into consideration an exceptional case with a four-month gap. They will be deprived of the finals and we will be deprived of them.

"We also have players at the end of the contract, we will take stock.

"Loic Perrin is with us and may have this possibility of extending.

"We made an offer to Yohan Cabaye, we await the answer."

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