Boufal confirms desire to return to France, Southampton fans react

Sofiane Boufal will not have to play Championship football next season as Southampton managed to save their skin from relegation in the final weeks of the campaign.

However, it seems that the 24-year-old may not even be playing in the Premier League for much longer.

The attack-minded player has admitted in an interview with SFR Sport that he would be “very interested” in returning to his homeland.

Boufal revealed that his desired move would be to a French club that are competing in European competitions.

The midfielder only moved to the coastal club from Lille in 2016, but after a difficult campaign, in which Southampton finished just three points above the relegation zone, it seems clear that he wants to move on.

Boufal, who was recently forced by manager Mark Hughes to train with the Under-23s following a bust-up, came under fire from supporters during the season.

Some fans have been left disappointed by the news that the midfielder wants out, while others have no issue in waving goodbye.