Southampton signed Mohamed Elyounoussi from FC Basel in 2018 and the winger has struggled in his debut season in England.
The 24-year-old has made eight starts in the Premier League out of which only two of them have come under Ralph Hasenhüttl, who replaced Mark Hughes as the manager at St Mary’s Stadium in December.
Despite signing a five-year deal with the English club last summer, the Norway international has told TV2 that he will hold talks with his manager regarding his future at the club “before the summer.”
When asked Elyounoussi if he is in Hasenhüttl’s plans, the player told the Norwegian media outlet: “I feel it. But I haven’t had a real chat with the club, so it’s approaching that I have to do it.
“I am very motivated to come back here and fight for a place. It will be up to me to show that I can deliver.”
The attacker further stressed on the things he needs to work on, if he has to improve at Southampton.
“He [Hasenhüttl] has told me he doesn’t doubt my quality and skills. I might have needed more time on the physical side, it took longer than I thought. It is about keeping yourself free from injury throughout the season. He is positive about what I do in training and in my attitude,” he added.
Elyounoussi’s last start came in the Saints’ 3-0 defeat to West Ham United last weekend as he returned to the pitch for the first time since last appearing for the South Coast club against Arsenal in February.