The Spanish international has been granted a move back to Spain.
The attacking midfielder, who has joined La Liga outfit Real Sociedad, has been quoted by Eurosport as stating:
"As a player for me it is important to return to the Spanish league and be able to contribute to the team.
“Hopefully the gates of the national team again open for me."
Sky Sports reported that the 2015 summer signing cost Southampton a fee in the region of £5 million, his release clause at his former club Malaga, and it looked like being a superb piece of business.
Unfortunately, he struggled with the physical nature of the English game and played just 161 minutes of Premier League.
Despite that his form prior to his move to the South Coast had seen him win an international cap for Spain and it appears that might have played a part in his release clause. It was confirmed to Eurosport by the Spanish side’s Vice President Angel Oyarzun that the player would now have a release clause of €35 million (£27.6 million) – a fee which will baffle Southampton fans considering his minimal impact whilst with the club.
Hopefully he can get his career back on track back in his homeland.