Arsenal boost as William Saliba returns to training ground alongside agent amid contract talks ahead of pre-season tour

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ARSENAL ace William Saliba has returned to the club’s training ground with his agent to discuss his contract, reports suggest.

According to AFC Stuff, Saliba was spotted at London Colney to continue negotiations with the Gunners about his future following three loan stints at St-Etienne, Nice and Marseille.

Arsenal ace William Saliba was spotted at London Colney with his agent amid contract talks

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Arsenal ace William Saliba was spotted at London Colney with his agent amid contract talksCredit: Rex

This comes after reports suggesting the centre-back held “positive” contract talks with the North Londoners, who are looking to tie him down to a long-term deal.

SunSport revealed in May how Arsenal were to open talks to extend the France international’s stay at the Emirates with his deal to expire in 2024.

Manager Mikel Arteta then said the 21-year-old will finally be integrated into his team following his impressive loan at Marseille last season.

The Frenchman’s stunning form helped L’OM finish second in the table, with his performances earning him the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.

The French giants are keen to turn his temporary stay into a permanent switch.

But Arsenal will refuse to part ways with Saliba, who is set to challenge Ben White and Gabriel Magaelhaes for a starting spot this coming season.

The defender is keen to stay at the Emirates and revealed he wants to show his “true face” at Arsenal.

Saliba told Telefoot: “I belong to Arsenal, I still have two years left.

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“I will be back with Arsenal.

“I have played zero matches and I still want to show them my true face and have the chance to play for these fans and this great club.

“But it doesn’t just depend on me. In any case, to leave like this, would be a shame.”

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