William Saliba will definitely not play for Saint-Etienne in the Coupe de France final against Paris Saint-Germain, manager Claude Puel has confirmed.
Saint-Etienne brought teenager Saliba back to the club on loan last summer, as part of the deal which came from selling him to Arsenal for £27 million ($34m).
Saliba played 17 games for the club throughout the 2019-20 season amid injury problems, until Ligue 1 was abandoned in April as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
In spite of the French league being halted early, it has been confirmed that the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue finals will be played, on July 24 and 31 respectively.
However, Saliba’s loan contract has expired in the meantime on June 30, meaning Saint-Etienne had to try and negotiate with Arsenal to allow the young defender to play in the showpiece match. Those talks failed, and the player has returned to London having seemingly played his final game for Les Verts.
“Yes, William Saliba will be absent,” confirmed Saint-Etienne coach Puel, when asked whether there was any chance of the young defender representing his boyhood club in the final.
Source: Music Update