If you’ve been following our coverage this season, or if you watch Ligue 1 regularly, you’ll know that Wahbi Khazri is having a great year away from Sunderland over at Rennes.

Often used as a striker or just behind one, the Tunisia international is enjoying the freedom Sabri Lamouchi is giving him, and a permanent exit from Sunderland come the end of the current campaign is becoming a possibility.

However, there’s one club he might not be able to sign for, and that’s the one he’s at these days.

Speaking to the press ahead of their game against Bordeaux on Saturday, the Rennes manager, relayed by L’Equipe, said: “Honestly, I think it will be complicated. Wahbi has had a remarkable season, maybe his best in Ligue 1, and I hope it isn’t over yet.

“I hope he scores a lot more goals, important ones. If Rennes manages to keep him, that would be extraordinary, but with the season he’s having, it wouldn’t surprise me if he tried to try and play in a top club because he can.”

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Lamouchi admitted there was still a possibility a deal could be made, but that was more in hope than anything else.

The forward has scored 11 goals and picked up two assists in 23 appearances for the French side this season since arriving from Sunderland on loan without an option to buy during transfer deadline day last summer.