Former Southampton defender Jose Fonte announced that he had left Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang via his official Instagram account on Sunday after they terminated his contract, and Saints fans were quick to react to the news.
The Portugal international centre-back is something of a legend of the south coast outfit having joined them in their League One days, before eventually captaining them to Europa League qualification across a seven-year spell at St Mary’s.
However, he has struggled since his departure with spells at West Ham United and now Dalian Yifang ending after a year and less than six months respectively, with the 34-year-old free agent’s next move unclear – a return to Saints certainly doesn’t seem to be on the cards given they currently have five centre-backs to choose from following the addition of Jannik Vestergaard last week.
Lots of Southampton supporters, some of whom have delivered their verdict on a potential centre-forward signing who is also a target for Lazio, have taken to social media to give their thoughts on the update, and while one said “I’d take him back”, another said “come home”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Take no pleasure in hearing that. Hope he finds a club!
— SaintM (@SaintMikeB) July 15, 2018
— Tariq Abdalla (@tariqabdalla7) July 15, 2018
I’d bring him back in a player/coaching capacity. All that experience for the young CB’s.
— Lee Payne (@lpp28) July 15, 2018
I’d take him back
— Ryan Davies (@ryanrd1905) July 15, 2018
— Darren Boyce (@dbmuaythai) July 15, 2018
He should come back
— Ol’rawnder Saini (@olrawnder) July 15, 2018
Damn we’ve just signed another CB #saintsfc
— David Picariello Edwards ©️ (@gabbiagenie) July 15, 2018