Galatasaray loanee Mario Lemina, who’s currently on loan from Premier League side Southampton, has given an exclusive interview to Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and expressed his desire to remain with the Super Lig club beyond the current season.
After joining the Turkish giants from Southampton last summer, Lemina has established himself as a major player under Fatih Terim and has said he would like to stay at Galatasaray.
When asked what his preference for next season would be, Lemina said he’s very happy to remain at Gala: “Playing for Galatasaray makes me very happy. Every day, I receive good messages from the fans. I love them. I’m enjoying playing for them.
“Do I want to stay? There’s no need to ask that question, everything is sorted from my end. I want to be remembered as one of Galatasaray’s greatest players. Of course, I joined the club on a loan deal, but I hope it won’t continue like this.”
There have been recent claims that Southampton and Galatasaray have been in talks with regards to the future of the midfielder.
It’s been reported the Premier League have dropped their asking price for the player, but the Istanbul side will wait until the summer to make their move.
The 26-year-old has feature 25 matches for Galatasaray in all competitions this campaign, scoring one goal. His deal with Southampton will expire at the end of June 2022.