Southampton star Mario Lemina has told Eurosport France that he is keen to stay at the club and prove himself.
The Gabonese international spoke in an exclusive interview with the French media outlet and fielded plenty of questions about his career to date, with the Saints’ start to the season coming under discussion.
In recent times, the former Juventus star has failed to impose himself on proceedings following an abdominal injury that ruled him out of Southampton’s draw at Chelsea during the week.
Speculation has surrounded Lemina’s future at St Mary’s Stadium, too, with several prestigious clubs from across Europe having been previously linked in recent transfer windows.
However, the midfielder told Eurosport France that he has no intention of leaving the Saints just yet. He said:
For me, things are very clear: I want to stay at this club, to impose myself, to help maintain it and then we will see. If I have to leave, it will be done in consultation with the board.
I know I am an important player here. Today, my teammates rely on me because they know that I went to Juventus, that I played there and they know it’s difficult to succeed there.
I have to lead by example, I can not have a childish or spoiled mentality. I am not the type to talk much outside the pitch, I try to lead by example.
The 25-year-old will be keen to make an impact under Ralph Hasenhuttl in the second half of the season as Southampton bid to move up the Premier League table.