Last week it was reported that William Saliba was to be included in the France football squad for the Olympic Games which start in Tokyo this month.
It was a complication to an already difficult situation he finds himself in at Arsenal, as it would have essentially ruled him out of pre-season with the Gunners.
Now, however, there has been an updated squad released, and the 20 year old is no longer in it.
We’re unsure if this is because Arsenal blocked it, he decided not to take part, or some other reason, but in a statement this afternoon, the French Football Federation said, “Following the refusal of several clubs to release their player initially selected with the French Olympic football team, coach Sylvain Ripoll has unveiled a list with eleven new players.”
The full list, if you’re interested, can be found here.
It remains to be seen what will happen with Saliba this summer, and next season, with speculation that Arsenal want to send him on loan again. He has already rejected a move to Rennes, and it’s believed that Newcastle are keen – which would allow him to dip his toes into Premier League waters for the first time.
The player’s agent was in London this week to discuss matters with Technical Director Edu, but right now we remain somewhat in the dark about that meeting, the club’s plans and, of course, what Saliba himself wants to do.