Sofiane Boufal has returned to Southampton after a loan spell at Celta Vigo, with the Spanish club reportedly reluctant to sign the player on a permanent basis.

The 25-year-old picked up just three goals and four assists in his 35 league games for Celta Vigo this season. 

The La Liga outfit are thought to be cautious to act on the clause in Boufal’s contract that gives them the option to buy the player, according to Faro de Vigo, cited by Sport Witness.

In the summer, when the loan move was agreed, both clubs agreed on a €15 million clause that allowed the Morrocan to remain at the Balaidos.

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But Boufal’s performances have not been convincing enough for Vigo, as the report states he will only be considered a second option for the club in the summer transfer window.

Southampton are looking to bring in Austrian winger Thomas Goiginger in an attempt to sharpen the attack at St Mary’s, so it could be difficult for Boufal to find a way back into the starting line-up.

This also raises the question of whether or not Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl will be looking to include the winger in his future plans, as the club look for a higher finish in the Premier League table next season.

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