William Saliba has opened up on his loan move to Ligue 1 side Marseille and believes that he will settle in with ease.
During his short-term spell at Nice between January and the end of the 2020/21 campaign, Saliba made 22 appearances, scoring one goal.
However, the defender is unfazed by another loan as he is confident that he’ll be able to adjust to his new surroundings.
“I am very proud to join one of the best French clubs,” he told Marseille’s official website, via Get French Football News. “I cannot wait to be on the Orange Vélodrome pitch. Where I am from, in Paris, lots of those close to me are for Marseille, I am proud to wear this shirt.”
Saliba will re-join former Arsenal teammate Matteo Guendouzi at the club after the midfielder also signed on loan for the rest of the season. His contract includes an option to make the deal permanent at the end of it – unlike Saliba’s – but the prospect of playing together is one that excites the defender.
“I know Mattéo (Guendouzi), Bouba (Boubacar Kamara). I know them all, but those are who I am the closest with. I cannot wait to be back with my new team-mates so that we can work together.”
And aside from the fact he’ll be playing alongside close friends, Saliba insists that he made his decision because Jorge Sampaoli’s philosophy will help him to develop.
“We spoke. He wanted me in his team. He explained to me that even though I am a good player now, I had a lot of things to improve.”
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“With him, I will have ways of progressing.
“His playing philosophy speaks to me. I can play in a four, on the right or on the left. As long as the team is good, I can play everywhere.