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William Saliba drops Kylian Mbappe transfer hint as Arsenal urged to complete summer move

Arsenal centre-back William Saliba has been speaking about the north London outfit needing more French players in their squad

Arsenal star William Saliba could have dropped a potential hint on his feelings towards a Kylian Mbappen transfer to the Emirates Stadium. Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe made no secret of his feelings towards leaving the Parc des Princes last summer, making it clear that he would not be extending his current contract with the club.

That means that the French international will be available on a free transfer this summer unless he signs a new contract with the Ligue 1 champions before then. Amongst the speculation, the 24-year-old has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Arsenal are one of the clubs that have been linked with a potential move for Mbappe, who has previously spoken about how close he was to joining the Gunners back in 2017. Speaking to the Telegraph about nearly joining the north Londoners, he said. “Yes, I met with Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach.

But, of course, Paris Saint-Germain was the main option. We weighed up the advantages and disadvantages of all the clubs but my family told me it had to be my decision and one I needed to make.

“It also had to be a long-term decision. So it was up to me and I decided to come here in order to develop.”

Now, Arsenal centre-back Saliba may have delivered a subtle hint that he wants to see his French teammate at the Emirates Stadium in the future. Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, the talented defender said: “We need to sign more French players.”

Of course, the 22-year-old’s assessment could merely just be a passing comment. But the fact that he is so close with Mbappe, could potentially be a factor, with the two going to the same primary school in France together.

You’re together with all your mates, you get to play in your neighbourhood on the local five-a-side pitches. You’re all together, and everyone likes football there, so honestly it’s easy.

“When you come from an estate, you’ve got the determination to get out of it. I know Kylian Mbappe, too.

“He went to my primary school when we were little, and his father was my coach when I was little, too.”

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