Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina has given a huge indication that he is eyeing a transfer away from the club this summer.
The 25-year-old missed the majority of last season through injury, and his time as a Saints player seems to be coming to an end.
“Today, I am at Southampton, I still have another three years of contract,” Lemina told Foot Mercato.
“But it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else. The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?”
Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is planning big changes at the club during the transfer window, as he aims to make his mark on the squad following his appointment at the back end of last season.
Whether Lemina was part of his plans or not is unclear, however these claims cast a huge doubt on his Saints future.
The midfielder was a big-money signing for Southampton back in 2017, arriving from Italian giants Juventus for £18million.
Since then, Lemina has made 52 appearances for the Saints, scoring one goal in each season he has spent at St Mary’s.
Last campaign the Southampton midfielder picked up a lengthy injury during the new year, meaning he was restricted to just 23 outings.
Upon his return from injury Hasenhuttl wasted no time in reintegrating Lemina into his line-up though, as he scored as a substitute against Newcastle in his first game back.
He featured from the bench again away to Watford before starting in Southampton’s 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham United, which could turn out to be his last appearance for the club.
If Hasenhuttl is to agree to Lemina departing Southampton he will be looking to recoup some of the cash the club spent on his transfer, as he aims to build a squad capable of distancing themselves from another relegation battle.