Saints Star Not Thinking About Leaving Yet…

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Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina is putting the club’s fate before his own future, according to a Reuters report.

The 24-year-old moved to St Mary’s from Juventus last summer for a club record fee of £15.4m and has been praised for his hard-working performances during a difficult season for the Saints.

Currently occupying 18th – and the final relegation – place in the Premier League, Southampton face three difficult games in the fight for their survival.

After their trip to Everton this weekend, they face a make-or-break game against Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium, before finishing off the season with a home game against newly-crowned champions Manchester City.

Speaking in the local media, Lemina underlined the players’ commitment to saving the club from the drop.

“The club have given me everything to perform and I need to give back with all my heart to win the last three games. When you join a team I don’t think you can expect to try to fight to save yourself…

“We don’t talk about ourselves, we talk about the club and we just have to save the club.”

However, he didn’t rule out leaving if the club falls into the Championship. “After everyone can make a decision to stay or leave,” he observed.

“This is not my problem, my only problem is to win the last few games and save the team.”

Among those clubs interested in the Gabon international are Arsenal and Everton. Both sides desperately need a strong defensive midfielder with Lemina set to become a target of their attentions this summer.