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Southampton: Sofiane Boufal dismisses exit talk

Southampton: Sofiane Boufal dismisses exit talk

Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal has ruled out a move away from the club, amid speculation that he could be leaving St Mary’s, via Goal.

The Moroccan international has shown flashes of potential at Southampton since arriving from Lille in 2016 for £16m – notably, his wonder goal against West Brom back in 2017/18 – but has struggled to nail down a consistent spot in the Saints’ starting-eleven.

The 25-year-old was sent out on loan to Celta Vigo for the entirety of last season, scoring three goals and providing a further four assists for the La Liga outfit during his time in Spain, but has now returned to his parent club, prominently featuring for them throughout pre-season.

The wide man scored on his return against Feyenoord in July, and came off the bench for the final 17 minutes of Saints’ season opener against Burnley – a game which the southerners lost 3-0. He is also expected to be included in manager Ralph Hasenhuttl’s 18-man squad for the club’s trip to Brighton this Saturday.

Taking to Twitter to deny the rumours surrounding his potential exit, Boufal today tweeted:

“I want to deny any information about a possible transfer this summer, I’m 100% focused on my club, Southampton, ready and motivated to make a good season and help the club #comeonsaints”

Although he has struggled with consistency at Southampton, Boufal’s talent is undeniable. Indeed, last season at Celta Vigo, he averaged more dribbles per game (4.1) than anyone in the Saints squad and would have ranked fourth in their current squad for shots per game (1.5), so would clearly make an impact on the team if he can replicate those numbers.

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