Sebastian Squillaci says he could leave the club in January, depending on what’s on offer, but is more likely to wait until his contract expires in the summer.
The French international has fallen so far down the pecking order that he has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season and appeared just once in the league in the last campaign (a ten minute cameo against Fulham).
Speaking to varmatin.com, he explained his current situation, “With Koscielny, Mertesaker, Vermaelen and Djourou, competition is fierce. I recently played in the Champions League in Greece. I made five appearances for the reserve and I always train seriously.
“My relationship is good with Arsene Wenger and I remain as professional as possible.
“I will be out of contract at the end of the season. As it stands, I will leave. Perhaps during the January transfer window or else I will wait for the month of June.
“Marseille, Nice, Monaco, Bastia or Ajaccio are clubs that speak to me. I am 32 years old. I still have two or three good seasons left. On the French Riviera or elsewhere. I will choose depending on the opportunities that arise.”
To be fair to Squillaci, he hasn’t ever made a fuss about being thrust into semi-retirement at the club, but it’s safe to say this move is one that didn’t work for either party.
And the Frenchman recently benefited the two clubs at which he began his career, donating French World Cup squad image rights payments in the amount of €53,500 to each.
“This money is the premium we got at the World Cup 2010 in South Africa. After events Knysna, we were asked to redistribute this money to amateur football.
“It seemed natural to give it to FC Seynois and Sporting. I played seven years at Seyne, and five seasons at Toulon. My two training clubs and two associations that do not run on gold. It is a just reward.”