Nuno Tavares is enjoying his life on loan at Olympique Marseille, and the Arsenal loanee has revealed he wanted his temporary move to have an option of a permanent stay.
The left-back moved to Arsenal last season as a deputy to the often-injured Kieran Tierney.
He had more than enough chances to play, but he was not very convincing, and the Gunners signed Oleksandr Zinchenko in this campaign.
The Ukrainian and Tierney are ahead of him on the pecking order, and several clubs wanted to take him on loan.
OM won the race, and he has been in splendid form for the French side so far.
Speaking about remaining in France, he said, as quoted by The Sun:
“At Arsenal, I do not know if it was a problem of competition with Kieran Tierney, but for me, that’s not even the point.
“I came to Marseille to finally be able to play in my position. When signing with OM, I wanted to have an option to buy, but Arsenal refused. With my agents, we always wanted this purchase option, but Arsenal didn’t.”
Although he did badly in the last campaign, Tavares is clearly talented, and it makes little sense to give up on him so soon.
This is why we have refused to include a buy option in his move to France.
We expect him to return to the club at the end of this season to fight for his place at the Emirates.