Saliba ready for Arsenal return after loan talks collapse with St Etienne
(Reuters) – Arsenal will not extend William Saliba’s loan deal at St Etienne after the two clubs failed to agree on the French defender’s training and financial terms, the French defender said on Wednesday. Premier League club.
Saliba, who signed for Arsenal from St Etienne last year for £ 27million, has been loaned to the French club for the 2019-20 campaign.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ligue 1 season was prematurely interrupted and the Coupe de France final was postponed to July 24, several weeks after Saliba’s loan ended on June 30.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta had indicated on Tuesday that the teenage defender would stay for the cup final against Paris St Germain but talks between the two clubs collapsed before the midnight deadline.
“Throughout our discussions with St Etienne, our aim has been to protect the welfare of William Saliba as well as the interests of Arsenal, while honoring the terms of the loan,” Arsenal said in a statement.
In a statement, St Etienne accused Arsenal of imposing “absolutely unacceptable sporting and financial conditions”, but Arsenal said they were unhappy with the training plans of Saliba, who missed three months of the season with a broken foot.
“To our surprise, we were unable to come to an agreement on this plan which was proposed by our medical experts, and we are simply not prepared to risk the well-being of an Arsenal player.” , the north London club said.
“Although this was not our main concern, and ultimately irrelevant as our training plan was not accepted, we also expected not to be financially disadvantaged by extending the loan. It was not acceptable for St Etienne either.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar