Marseille manager left the club amid disagreements over William Saliba | Soccer

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William Saliba spent last season on loan at Marseille from Arsenal (Image: Getty)

Jorge Sampaoli surprised Marseille on Friday by leaving the club just weeks after orchestrating the club’s return Champions League.

The 62-year-old led OM to an impressive second place in Ligue 1 last season but was eliminated due to disagreements over the club’s transfer strategy.

According to CBS Sports Reporter, Ben JacobsIn particular, the Argentine felt his bosses should have done more to keep William Saliba’s services on-going.


William Saliba was on loan at Marseille last season (Image: Getty)

The 21-year-old was loaned out by Arsenal last summer and played a crucial role in Marseille’s successful season, which culminated in the middle half winning the Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year award.

Saliba also won his first cap as a senior and now appears finally ready to kickstart his Gunners career, three years after he originally joined from Saint Etienne for £27.5million.

Sampaoli is also said to have been disappointed that Marseille failed to sign veteran Belgium international Axel Witsel and should have fought harder to keep Aston Villa’s signing at Boubacar Kamara.

Following Sampaoli’s departure, Marseille released a statement which read: “We would like to sincerely and warmly thank Jorge Sampaoli for his work.

“After 16 months of collaboration, this work has allowed the club to take a step forward in the construction of its new sports project and qualify directly for the Champions League.

‘We are satisfied with the progress made and the emotions shared, but after much deliberation, the two parties acting in the interests of the Marseille project have agreed to end this phase.’

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