Arsenal defender William Saliba is set for his third loan spell after Ligue 1 side Olympique de Marseille signed him for the 2021-22 season, the Premier League club said on Thursday.

Saliba, signed in 2019 from St Etienne for a reported fee of about 27 million pounds ($37 million), has yet to play for the senior team.

As part of the deal, he returned to St Etienne for a season on loan while he also had a six-month loan spell with Nice last season.

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“Together with William, we have decided it will be good for his continued development to spend another season on loan,” Arsenal technical director Edu said in a statement.

“William joined us as an 18-year-old, and he is still only 20, so he is still developing all the time.”

($1 = 0.7243 pounds)

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