Sampaoli: ‘Saliba is a future great of French football’

Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli believes on loan Arsenal defender William Saliba is a ‘future great of French football.’ The youngster is currently on loan to Les Olympiens and has made an immediate impact, playing in all their league games so far, helping to propel them up the table.

Marseille currently lie second in Ligue 1 and are undefeated in all competitions this season, aided by a strong back-line.

Speaking in his pre-match conference ahead of Marseille’s game against Angers, Sampaoli was asked about Saliba’s perfomances:

“He’s a top player at his position. We were lucky to get him on loan, it wasn’t simple. He’s great at marking, but good bringing the ball out too. He’s a future great of French football, he’s very good at starting plays.

“He’s adapted to a three at the back well, and his performances are linked to the team’s, which likes to play from the back.”

[Quotes from RMC Sport]