Eljero Elia: I want to stay at Southampton for the long-term

Southampton winger Eljero Elia is keen to extend his stay at St Mary's.

Eljero Elia has confirmed to the Daily Echo that he would like to make his loan move to Southampton permanent this summer.

Elia joined the Saints from Werder Bremen back in January and has clearly enjoyed his first taste of Premier League football.

The winger is now hoping that a deal can be agreed to keep him at St. Mary's on a long-term basis, but admits that he no idea if this is Southampton's intention.

“They (the club) say nothing about it," he said. "I speak with the coach about it, who was positive.

“We know the team performance is not 100 per cent, so I don’t have to look to that, I have to look to my own [performances]. I want to stay 100 per cent, so it is to the club what they decide."

It is fair to say that the jury is still out on Elia, so he will be looking to put in two impressive performances in the final games of the season.

The 28-year-old has shown glimpses of the class that he possesses since joining, with his brace against Newcastle United particularly impressive, but he has been inconsistent.

He has spent much of his time on the substitutes' bench of late, but he will be hoping that Ronald Koeman gives him a chance to catch the eye before the campaign comes to a close.

Southampton have games against Aston Villa and Manchester City still to take in and they will be looking to win them both, as they try and force their way into the Europa League qualification spots.

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