Boufal joins Celta Vigo on loan from Southampton

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The 24-year-old midfielder has been left out of Mark Hughes' plans and will try to impress during a temporary switch in Spain

Southampton attacking midfielder Sofiane Boufal has completed a season-long loan move to Celta Vigo.

The 24-year-old found himself frozen out of Mark Hughes' team towards the end of last season and was left out of the club's pre-season tour of China.

His lack of game-time also saw him surprisingly dropped by Morocco for the World Cup, having previously been expected to play a key part.

An agreement between the Saints and Celta was announced by the Premier League club on Friday, with the side from LaLiga later confirming the deal.

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Boufal joined Southampton from Lille for a then club-record fee of around £16million in 2016.

Since then he has made 59 appearances for Southampton, scoring four goals, including the 2017-18 Premier League goal of the season against West Brom.

The arrival of Mohamed Elyounoussi from Basel earlier this summer will serve to offset the loss of Boufal.

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