According to the Daily Echo, Southampton defender Maya Yoshida has decided to snub interest from Saudi Arabian champions Al-Hilal to stay with his Premier League club.
It is understood that the Riyadh-based outfit were prepared to offer Yoshida a lucrative financial package to complete a deal this summer.
However, Yoshida has reportedly rejected the interest due to his happiness at Southampton.
The 29-year-old, who is gearing up to represent Japan at this summer’s World Cup, scored twice in 28 appearances for Southampton during the 2017-18 campaign.
The futures of a number of Southampton players are believed to be currently up in the air, but it seems that the Saints will be able to count on Yoshida next season.
The Southampton fans have been reacting to the news, and it would be fair to say that the bulk are delighted, despite the centre-back not always being in their good books this season.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
— SaintsFC: Daily Echo (@dailyechosaints) May 21, 2018
So happy for him (and us). He's been a brilliant servant to the club and seems to have improved hugely this season
— alison palmer #FBPE 🇪🇺 (@alipal69) May 21, 2018
Great news 110%er and far better captain than Bertrand could ever be #yoshirocks
— Rick Fisher (@drpie53) May 21, 2018
— Julian Hood (@harvey_hood) May 21, 2018
Brilliant news! Love Yoshi who always plays for the badge.
— Lisa Vickers⚽ (@lisa_vickers) May 21, 2018
I hope so as I love Yoshi. He is a true Saint through and through.
— Jonathan Barrett (@jonnyasbo) May 21, 2018
Let’s hope other important players choose to stay and the ones we don’t need leave.
— Peter J Armstrong (@peterjarmstrong) May 21, 2018
If the reports are true that Yoshida wishes to stay here at Saints, then fair play. He’s been a great servant to our club, has hardly put a foot wrong this season & gets harshly criticised by some of our fans. I’d love to see him still here next season. #SaintsFC 🔴⚪️⚽️ pic.twitter.com/49R5Mz2Gmo
— David Brewer (@banisteridol) May 21, 2018