Southampton winger Mohamed Elyounoussi has revealed that he has held contract talks with his club, following reported interest from Leicester City.
City were credited with an interest in the 27-year-old back in October 2021 with the winger reportedly being monitored by City . It’s not the first time City have been linked with the player with reports claiming that the club also showed an interest before he moved to St Mary’s in the summer of 2018.
Elyounoussi spent two seasons on loan with Scottish giants Celtic before returning to Southampton in the campaign just gone. He scored eight times and provided four assists in 33 games for the Saints in all competitions.
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Going into the summer transfer window, the winger has just one year remaining on his contract at Southampton. That could again attract interest from City.
However, speaking while on international duty with Denmark, the player has revealed that talks over a new deal have started.
“We’ve been talking for a while. It has only been the starting phase, you might say,” Elyounoussi told TV2 Sport . “I’ve always said I thrive in Southampton, it’s a fantastic club. The family thrives well. We’ll see what we land on. I do not have the whole picture yet.
“Right now there has been full focus on the national team. I’ve said I do not want to be so involved right now. I can do that until next week when we are done here. We’ll see what it ends up with.”
It’s not the first time that Elyounoussi hinted at his desire to stay at the club beyond his current deal. He spoke of being settled at St Mary’s ahead of the meeting between City and Southampton on the south coast back in December.