Boufal joins Celta Vigo on loan

Celta Vigo have signed Southampton playmaker Sofiane Boufal on a season-long loan with an option to buy, the club have confirmed.

The 24-year-old endured a tough time at the Saints, netting just four goals in 59 outings since joining in a club record €18m deal from Lille in 2016.

Boufal and Southampton boss Mark Hughes were said to have had a bust-up last season following the player’s alleged refusal to warm-up during a home defeat in April.

The Moroccan international becomes Celta’s fifth signing of the summer window following deals for Nestor Araujo, Okay Yokuslu, Robert Mazan and David Junca.

He was not included in the Saints squad for their recent pre-season trip to China.

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