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.
It's a shame Boufal will probably never play for us again, especially if Hughes becomes permanent manager. He's clearly a talented player (frustrating at times) but I reckon we'll regret it wherever he goes. #SaintsFC pic.twitter.com/lCs3z0OdoX
— Mark Reeves (@MarkReeves999) May 14, 2018
Get rid of the baby
— Ian Thompson (@lewisdevon71) May 15, 2018
Scored our goal of the season but that’s about it and really interesting how the team responded to him being kicked out. Bad apple as they say #saintsfc
— Jamie Leach (@JamieLeach23) May 14, 2018
Sofiane Boufal want to leaves. I am really not used to all this good news coming out of #saintsfc
— Mike Elkins (@MikeElkins86) May 14, 2018
Honestly can’t be too arsed if Boufal goes. Never really took off #saintsfc
— Go Go Action Bronco (@ggabronco) May 14, 2018
I'd be sad to see him go, if he had ever actually showed his worth. Fleeting glimpses isn't gonna cut it in the EPL. Potential without delivery.
— SaintM (@SaintMikeB) May 15, 2018
Seems like I'm the only one disappointed to see him leave. Huge talent who's start in prem clearly hampered by the knee injury. A shame we couldn't get the best from him.
— Jeremy Topp (@JeremyTopp) May 15, 2018
Don't think many will be heart broken to see the back of him. As long as we can get our money back. Too many of our offensive players perform 1 in 10… not good enough
— jon kennett (@Jgpk28) May 14, 2018