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Southampton Captain Jose Fonte has revealed he had discussions with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain over a move back to the Saint Mary’s this summer.
Southampton are seriously interested in their former academy player and wants to give him the chance to return to the St Mary’s to continue his development.
The Saints reportedly made a last-ditch attempt to sign the winger in the last winter transfer window, though a move failed to materialize, the saints will still attempt to sign the midfielder this summer.
The mirror reported a fortnight ago that the Saints are hoping Fonte will be able to lure the midfielder back to the club.
The pair played together in Southampton youth team and Fonte is keen to reunite with the midfielder someday. However, Fonte knows his wish will not become a reality soon as Chamberlain has told the saints man he is happy to remain at Arsenal.
“I know Chambo from Southampton,” Fonte told Just Football, via clubcall. “I know how good he is. And I am not going to lie: we talked about it.
“I asked him, I spoke to him, I’m good friends with him. I want the best for him but what can I say? He’s an Arsenal player.
“He’s happy there. He has the quality to be a star play at Arsenal, no doubt about it. But what I mean is we would love to have him back.
“If we want to put out a team to fight for trophies, to fight in European competition, why not?”