Celtic Dealt Big Setback In Battle To Keep 16M Rated Forward

Celtic Dealt Big Setback In Battle To Keep 16M Rated Forward

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has confirmed he is keen to see Mohamed Elyounoussi return to the Saints next summer and become part of the first team setup once again at St Mary’s.

The Norwegian international is now on his second season-long loan spell at Celtic and impressed after bagging a brace against Lille on Thursday night, but Hasenhuttl has said he has no intention of letting the forward leave on a permanent basis:

“I am very deeply invested in what my loan players do and I am very happy for (Elyounoussi) that he scored and I am happy to see it.And, definitely, the player has a chance to maybe come back in and to be a part of the team, maybe next year.”

Elyounoussi signed for Southampton from FC Basel for £16m over two years ago but he struggled to make an impression in English football. In contrast, his time in Scotland has been pretty successful, for the most part, barring some injury problems.

The 26-year-old has been in excellent form at the start of this season, scoring seven goals and providing four assists in 16 appearances for the Hoops but it looks, at the moment, he won’t be staying at the Scottish champions beyond the summer.