Southampton winger Sofiane Boufal has strongly suggested that he wants to leave the south coast club this summer.
Hughes made Boufal train with the Southampton Under-23 squad at their Staplewood training ground, a move which has acted as a catalyst for the winger to seek a move back to his home country.
Boufal joined Southampton from Ligue 1 outfit Lille back in 2016 and has made 59 appearances for the Saints, scoring just four goals. A poor record when compared to the 15 goals he scored in 51 games for Lille.
Southampton are reportedly eyeing a move for Pione Sisto, a Celta Vigo winger who has recently been named in Denmark’s provisional World Cup squad, and has a £36m buy-out clause.
Speaking on his future at the Saints, or lack of it, Boufal said: “It’s true that today a return to France interests me a great deal.
“A good club in France that plays in Europe of course I would be very very interested in returning. It’s a league I know, a language I know…so it’s true, a return to France.”
The winger also commented on recent reports of a move to Marseille, failing to deny the rumours and saying that a potential move to the club ‘interests’ him.
“L’Olympique de Marseille remains a very big club,” he continued. “This year they’ve made it to the final of the Europa League…of course L’OM interests me, if they are interested, why not sign for them?”