Arsenal defender Nuno Tavares is enjoying his loan spell at Ligue 1 side Marseille and says he is yet to think about his future beyond the current campaign.
THE LOWDOWN: BACK TO REGULAR MINUTES
Nuno Tavares endured a topsy-turvy first season with the north London side and was often criticized for his performances – especially after a game to forget in the Gunners’ FA Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest.
But since joining Marseille on loan, Tavares has revived his career with a string of fine performances with the Ligue 1 outfit.
With Arsenal having Oleksandr Zinchenko and Kieran Tierney on their books, it is unclear whether Tavares has any future at Arsenal. Speaking on the prospects of fighting for a spot at the Emirates, the player himself is trying not to look too far ahead.
THE LATEST: CRYPTIC RESPONSE
Asked about his excellent start to life at Marseille, Tavares told La Provence: “I’m good here. I feel good here and it shows in the matches.”
“On top of that, Marseille feels very similar to Lisbon: the streets, the city, the climate, the sun.”
He continued: “I’m not thinking about the future. I live in the present moment, day by day. I have no thoughts [about my future], I’m just keeping my feet on the ground.”
On his prospects of going to the World Cup, he added: “Frankly, I don’t really think about it. My goal at the moment is just to do a good job for Marseille.”
Tavares recently spoke about his Arsenal exit, revealing that his agents tried to include a buy clause in his move to Marseille but it was unsuccessful.
THE VERDICT: FIGHT FOR HIS SPOT
Tavares is enjoying his time at Marseille but the main goal should be to challenge for a first-team spot at Arsenal.
He should take a cue from Saliba, who also enjoyed his time at Marseille, and is now an important player in the Arsenal setup.