Saints ace hails training bow

Saints ace hails training bow

Sofiane Boufal said he feels 'very good' after his first training session with Southampton following his summer move from Lille.

The 23-year-old Morocco attacking midfielder joined the Saints on a five-year deal from the French Ligue 1 outfit at the end of August in a club-record £16million transfer.

However, Boufal was not ready to be pitched into Saints boss Claude Puel's first-team plans as he was recovering from a knee injury and was given a programme to build up his fitness levels.

He is now at the stage where he can join up with the rest of the squad on the training ground and expressed his delight following his first run out on Thursday.

He told the club's website: "I am very, very happy to be back in training. It's a moment that I've been waiting for.

"I've been working really hard to get back to this point today, so it is very satisfying to get back out on the training pitch with the rest of the group."

Boufal added: "It will take time, as this is just my first training session.

"I've got a fortnight now to really work with the group and the manager, and after that we will see how things are going as to when the first match will be for me.

"I feel very good. As I say, I have worked really well with the physios and the physical trainers, and today I feel good, I feel fresh, I feel strong and I am happy to be back out on the pitch."


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