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Maya Yoshida set to stay at Southampton

The Daily Echo believes Yoshi is settled at Southampton and isn’t interested in a move to Saudi Arabia.

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Maya Yoshida looks set to stay at Southampton despite interest from long-term admirers Al Hilal, the Saudi Arabian league champions.

After helping Saints stave off relegation with a number of impressive performances at the back, Yoshida is settled at the club and won’t entertain a move away from England according to the Daily Echo.

Yoshida has been at Southampton since the club’s promotion back to the English top-tier in 2012, having joined from Dutch outfit VVV-Venlo for then-manager Nigel Adkins.

He hasn’t always been the most popular Saints player, but Yoshida has gradually become a favourite among a section of Southampton fans thanks to his dogged determination to earn a place in the first team squad after years as a back-up defender.

Yoshida now has 129 Premier League appearances under his belt from his time at Saints, more than any other Japanese player.

The Japanese vice-captain is now preparing with his country ahead of the looming 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.