Has Graziano Pelle dropped Southampton exit hint?

Graziano Pelle

Juventus have been linked with a move for Southampton's star striker.

Southampton fans are sure to be worried after star player Graziano Pelle seemed to hint that he would like to play in Italy once his Saints contract expires in 2017.

The 30-year-old quickly established himself as an important player under Ronald Koeman last season, grabbing 12 goals in 38 Premier League appearances following an £8 million move from Dutch side Feyenoord.

Pelle has continued his good form in the new campaign, finding the back of the net six times in 11 domestic outings as Southampton challenge for a top-six finish.

Koeman’s side have already taken 20 points from 12 games, and are just six points off league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal after recovering from another busy summer transfer window.

Pelle's performances have since seen him linked by the Mirror with a surprise move to Juventus, and the striker's latest comments may suggest that he is keen on playing in Italy once his current deal runs out.

Speaking to the media on international duty, Pelle revealed, as reported by the Daily Star: “My contract [at Southampton] expires in 18 months, one year after Euro 2016.

“Italy is the most beautiful country and it is that beauty which I’m missing.

“Serie A lost some of its appeal, but lately it is growing again, it is visible abroad.

“They didn’t care about Italy abroad, I felt that, but thanks to Juventus in the Champions League and others in the Europa League, Italian football is back and in a few years it will be one of the best again.”

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