Sofiane Boufal today took part in his first full training session with Southampton and declared it was a moment he had been waiting for.
The club’s record signing has been building up his fitness and conditioning since joining from French club Lille at the end of August.
Having trained as part of the group at Staplewood Campus for the first time, the 23-year-old is now increasingly excited about what lies ahead.
“I am very, very happy to be back in training,” he said. “It’s a moment that I’ve been waiting for.
“I’ve been working really hard to get back to this point today, so it is very satisfying to get back out on the training pitch with the rest of the group.”
Boufal added: “It will take time, as this is just my first training session.
“I’ve got a fortnight now to really work with the group and the manager, and after that we will see how things are going as to when the first match will be for me.”
The Morocco international explained that he is feeling physically strong at this point.
“I feel very good,” he said. “As I say, I have worked really well with the physios and the physical trainers, and today I feel good, I feel fresh, I feel strong and I am happy to be back out on the pitch.”