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Nuno Tavares says he wanted his Marseille loan deal to include an option to buy

‘I came to Marseille to play my position’: Nuno Tavares hits Arsenal and says he wanted his French loan deal to include an option to buy as he questions the playing time he would have received at the Emirates

  • 22-year-old defender Nuno Tavares joined Marseille on loan from Arsenal
  • He would have struggled for playing time after the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko
  • Tavares has claimed he wanted his move to Marseille to include an option to buy
  • The left-back felt he “probably only played in the cup” at Arsenal.

Marseille defender Nuno Tavares said he wanted his loan move from Arsenal to include an option to buy but was “rejected” by Arsenal.

The 22-year-old was a key player for the Gunners last season, making 28 appearances in all competitions.

He probably would have struggled for game time this season following the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko and has joined Marseille on loan.

22-year-old Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares joined Marseille on loan from Arsenal

22-year-old Portuguese defender Nuno Tavares joined Marseille on loan from Arsenal

He would have struggled for playing time after the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko

He would have struggled for playing time after the arrival of Oleksandr Zinchenko

Speaking to RMC Sport, Tavares said: “At Arsenal I don’t know if it was a competition issue 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 I signed with OM I wanted an option to buy it but Arsenal turned it down. With my agents, we always wanted that option to buy, but Arsenal didn’t.

“Now I’m with OM and with or without an option I’m happy. At Arsenal I probably would have only played in the cup.

Tavares said he

Tavares said he would have “probably only played in the cup” if he had stayed alongside Mikel Arteta

“I came to Marseille to play my position, in the Champions League, in the league and in the cup [competition]. Marseille gave me this opportunity.”

The Portuguese youngster has already impressed in France with three goals in his first five games.

Arsenal have been in brilliant form in the absence of Tavares and have a chance to take a four-point lead against Manchester United on Sunday.

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