OGC Nice's CEO has indicated that they are willing to keep William Saliba past his half-year loan from Arsenal.
The 19-year-old got back toLigue 1
in the January transfer window and quickly saw himself picked for the match against Brest, which they lost 2-0 on Wednesday night.
Since his move to Emirate Stadium in the late spring, the rear-guard wasn't given any chance to sparkle for Gunners, failing to show up for the senior team, not even once.
Arsenal head coach
urges the youngster to be patient and accepts a move back to France will help the center-back develop and improve.
While on a loan speel only for six months, Nice chairman
has proposed they would be glad to keep him past that.
"Let's let him rediscover enjoying being on the pitch, playing," he said.
"At the end of the 6 months, we'll see – today he's owned by a club called Arsenal. Everyone in June will come together and decide."
Questioned if there was a clause to lengthen the agreement, he added:
"A door is always open in life.
"When you have a situation where parties can talk, the doors are open. We will see, we are not there yet."
Saliba's priority is to get game time, having become baffled by his time in thePremier League
side and conceded he would think about his alternatives toward the end of the term.
"My first six months (at Arsenal) were difficult, because I was coming from six months where I wasn't able to train because I was at home (because of the pandemic), and couldn't train outside, couldn't play. "I arrived there as they were finishing the leagues season, so I was training alone. As soon as they came back from holidays, we quickly had the first friendly matches where I lacked rhythm and was a bit insufficient physically.
"The coach immediately told me that I was not ready. I would have at least liked to have a chance to rediscover my rhythm. But this is football, it's like that.
"I have signed a 6 month contract, after these 6 months we will see what happens. But for now I have signed for 6 months, I am going to give my all, and then we will see."
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