Maya Yoshida could look for St. Mary's exit

Southampton's Japanese international defender, revealed he is frustrated and could leave the club this summer, with Yokohama Marinos showing interest.

Southampton defender Maya Yoshida is keen to find regular first team football ahead of the World Cup, after becoming increasingly frustrated with a lack of action on the south coast.

Speaking after Southampton's 4-3 FA Cup victory against the Championship's high-flying Burnley, Yoshida revealed to the Japanese media and reported by The Sun, that a departure could be on the cards, 

It is thought that ahead of the World Cup in Brazil this summer, Yoshida is concerned at the lack of game time he has been afforded by Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino has preferred a central pairing of summer arrival Dejan Lovren and defensive stalwart Jose Fonte when both have been fit this season, with Yoshida's only two league starts coming in the 3-0 win against Cardiff City on Boxing Day and the 3-2 home defeat against Aston Villa on December the 4th.

Fellow defender Jos Hooiveld has appeared in the Premier League three times this season, making six appearances in total. It has meant that Yoshida has become seen as the club's fourth choice centre-back.

Yoshida is keen to be a part of Alberto Zaccheroni's plans for the Samurai Blue this summer, and is thought to be keen on a switch to another European football club to best enhance his chances of being in Brazil.

However, The Sun has reported that Yoshida is already in talks with J-League side Yokohama Marinos, owned by the Nissan Motor Group, who boast players such as former Celtic star Shunsuke Nakamura.

Yokohama are currently 2nd in the J-League Division 1, just one point behind Sanfrecce Hiroshima.

Yoshida also went on record to say that former Sanfrecce Hiroshima forward Tadanari Lee, also contracted to Southampton, is looking at a return to his native country.

Ultimately, any move for Yoshida will hinge on Southampton securing a replacement, with the club again showing interest in Cagliari and Italy defender Davide Astori.

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