Celtic loanee Mohamed Elyounoussi has told Norwegian outlet TV2 that he remains in contact with some of the staff at Southampton, but insisted that he is only focused on returning from injury rather than on where his future may lie.
Elyounoussi – who cost Southampton £16 million (via BBC Sport) – has enjoyed a career revival since moving to Parkhead on loan in the summer. He has scored seven goals in all competitions for the Hoops, including four in six Scottish Premiership games.
Ralph Hasenhuttl has previously opened the door for players to come back into his side after leaving on loan. Both Sofiane Boufal and Cedric Soares have played roles this term having left the club temporarily last season. Of course, the latter has now left permanently.
So Celtic fans would be forgiven for being concerned about what the future may hold for Elyounoussi when his loan concludes.
But the 25-year-old – who has not played since December due to injury – insisted that he is not thinking about what is to come beyond this season as he shared how he keeps in touch with his parent club.
“I still get messages from the assistant coach and the physical therapists there,” he told TV2. “They ask how things are going and keep an eye on me. I enjoy Celtic, it’s a fantastic big and nice club. I have to think about the future as it approaches summer.
“Now it’s all about getting back into shape. I think more about the here and now than the future.”
Perhaps interestingly, Elyounoussi would go on to add that he remains determined to prove his critics wrong after a tough initial spell in the Premier League.
“I have not shown myself from my best side when I was there, for many different reasons,” he added. “I’ve always wanted to disprove the doubters, but now it’s all about coming back.”
TBR View – Elyounoussi perhaps hinting at wanting second chance
The suggestion that he wants to prove his critics wrong could perhaps be a hint that he hopes for another chance in England.
As Elyounoussi notes, it looks to be too soon to suggest that any decision has been made.
But perhaps his comments hint that he may struggle to walk away from another opportunity in the Premier League.