Didier Deschamps has explained why William Saliba is not as good for France as he is for Arsenal.
Saliba is one of Mikel Arteta’s key players, with the defender featuring in every Premier League game this season.
He is a hugely key figure for the Gunners and has been in fine form since returning from Marseille, where he was on loan.
But the 22-year-old has yet to secure his place in the national team, with Deschamps claiming the Arsenal star is not used to the pressure of competing in the squad.
“Saliba is very efficient. For the national team, he didn’t have much time to play, maybe he didn’t find himself in the best conditions”, said Deschamps first.
“I won’t compare him with [Dayot] Upamecano, but at Arsenal, he doesn’t ask himself whether he will play or not, here he is not one of the first options.”
“He is not in the same psychological situation as with his club. When he plays for us, he has to say to himself: “I have to do well”, because there are other players behind him. He is not in the same psychological situation as in his club”.
The France coach has several options for the centre-back position as he has the luxury of counting on the services of Dayot Upamecano, Jules Kounde and Jean-Clair Todibo, among others.
But considering his performances in the Premier League, it is only a matter of time before Saliba becomes a regular starter for France.