Pelle hints at Southampton exit



The striker has admitted he misses the “beauty” of his homeland and says he could return to the country of his birth when his contract with the Saints expires in 18 months

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle has hinted that he could move back to Italy when his contract expires after revealing he misses his homeland.

The 30-year-old has spent large parts of his career away abroad, with his most productive years coming since 2012 in Netherlands with Feyenoord and now in the Premier League with the Saints. 

He has been a regular in the Italy side since 2014 – scoring four times in nine appearances – and has suggested he would consider moving back home. 

“My contract [at Southampton] expires in 18 months, one year after Euro 2016,” he told a press conference ahead of his country’s friendly with Romania this week. 

“Italy is the most beautiful country and it is that beauty which I’m missing.” 

Pelle suggested the improvement of Serie A sides in Europe in recent seasons has boosted the league’s image around the continent once again – a factor which could tempt him back if he does decide to leave St Mary’s. 

“Serie A lost some of its appeal, but lately it is growing again, it is visible abroad,” he added. 

“They didn’t care about Italy abroad, I felt that, but thanks to Juventus in the Champions League and others in the Europa League, Italian football is back and in a few years it will be one of the best again.”