Sofiane Boufal has shrugged off speculation linking him with a return to France and has reiterated his commitment to the cause at Southampton.

Following emerging claims that suggested he was interested in moving to OGC Nice on Wednesday evening, Boufal took to Twitter to reaffirm his desire to make an impact at St Mary’s Stadium.

He said:

I want to deny any information about a possible transfer this summer, I’m 100% focused on my club Southampton FC. [I am] ready and motivated to make a good season and help the club #comeonsaints.

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It’s safe to say that these Saints fans were delighted with Boufal’s statement of intent…

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How refreshing is it to see a player who wants to be here and is keen for everyone to know it? Boufal’s certainly gone up in plenty of Saints fans’ estimations after his latest comments.

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It wouldn’t have made sense to let him leave at this stage of the summer transfer window anyway, but few could have expected him to come out and openly commit himself to life at Southampton.

Boufal has all the tools to be a huge success here. He now needs to back up his words with actions on the pitch. If he can do so, we have a player on our hands…

Would you start Boufal against Brighton?