'We sold our best player': Saint-Etienne boss Claude Puel totally frustrated with William Saliba's departure
- The 18-year-old defender joined Gunners this summer.
- Claude Puel, Saint-Etienne's manager, is angry with the club's decision to sell.
- 'Rather than buying a ready-made player, I would rather buy one to develop and help him grow'.
Claude Puel, Saint-Etienne's new manager took over the team in October but it seems like he's already displeased with the decisions Ligue 1 team made over the summer.
Selling William Saliba to Arsenal is one of those, the ex-Southampton boss says:
"Rather than buying a ready-made player, I would rather buy one to develop and help him grow,” Puel told L'Equipe.
"It’s hard to accept the fact we sold our best player, a young kid, to help fill the coffers. When you have to sell your gems to sort out the budget and then do short-term deals to fill in the gaps, you’re just being reactionary.
"It’s done now, and I’ve got nothing to say because it allows us to perform. Saint-Etienne have held their position in the past few years. Finishing fourth [last season] was a great result.
"Work was done in the short term. Is this a viable model? I don’t think it can make the club a success."
Saliba joined Arsenal for a £27 million fee. The Gunners had to beat off competition from Spurs who also made an offer to the Ligue 1 side. The centre-back is considered among the most promising players in Europe in his position and hopefully will make a big impact in the future with the Gunners.