Celta Vigo director discusses potentially signing Southampton's Sofiane Boufal again

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl looks dejected following the Premier League match between Burnley FC and Southampton FC at Turf Moor on August 10, 2019 in Burnley, United Kingdom.

£16m Sofiane Boufal has played just 17 minutes of Premier League football for Ralph Hasenhuttl's Saints this season but is he heading back to La Liga?

Sofiane Boufal of Southampton runs during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Southampton and FC Koln at St. Mary's Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Southampton, England.

Celta Vigo sporting director Felipe Minambres has hinted to Faro de Vigo that he is keen to bring Southampton misfit Sofiane Boufal back to Spain.

With just two weeks to go until the transfer window shuts, the mercurial Moroccan is facing an uncertain future at St Mary’s. Boufal came off the bench during that 3-0 opening day defeat to Burnley but he was left out of the squad entirely for Liverpool’s visit to the South Coast on Saturday.

Speaking to the Daily Echo earlier this month, however, head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl insisted that he was keen to offer the £16 million misfit an olive branch, raving about the winger’s ‘quality’ with the ball at his feet.

 

But should Hasenhuttl change his mind before the end of August, Celta would be more than happy to take Boufal back to Spain after the former Lille talisman spent the 2018/19 season on loan at the Balaidos.

"Yes, it could be an option because Boufal is a good player with good characteristics, different from what we have, capable of unbalancing (defenders) in one-on-one situations,” said former Spain international Minambres.

(L-R) Isco of Real Madrid, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, Sofiane Boufal of Celta de Vigo during the La Liga Santander  match between Real Madrid v Celta de Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu on...

Big things were expected from Boufal when he made the move across the channel in 2016 though a player who was compared to Eden Hazard at Lille certainly didn’t make the same impact on English shores as the former Chelsea star.

But at just 25, and with a whole season of regular action at Celta under his belt, Boufal should be full of confidence and ready to finally prove his worth.

Sofiane Boufal of Southampton during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Southampton FC and FC Köln at St. Mary's Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Southampton, England.

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