Southampton attacker Sofiane Boufal would be ‘very interested’ in returning to France this summer, he has confirmed.

The Moroccan international sat down and spoke to French TV station SFR Sport and opened up on his plans for the future after being quizzed on the possibility of returning to Ligue 1.

Towards the end of the season, Boufal was exiled from Saints’ first-team training and was excluded from the matchday squads under Mark Hughes. This came after reports of a bust-up between the pair emerged.

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Boufal’s future at Southampton is looking increasingly unlikely with the transfer window opening in the imminent future. As translated and quoted by the Daily Mail, the 24-year-old told SFR Sport:

It’s true that today a return to France interests me a great deal. A good club in France that plays in Europe, of course, I would be very, very interested in returning. It’s a league I know, a language I know. So it’s true, a return to France.

L’Olympique de Marseille remains a very big club. This year they’ve made it to the final of the Europa League… of course, L’OM interests me. If they are interested, why not sign for them?

The winger joined Southampton for a then club-record fee worth £16 million in the summer of 2016 after performing incredibly well during his breakthrough season with LOSC Lille.

Life has not been easy on the South Coast for Boufal, however, and he has scored four goals in all competitions since his arrival at St Mary’s.