SAINTS winger Mohamed Elyounoussi is hoping to sit down with Ralph Hasenhuttl and discuss his future on the south coast.

The £16 million summer signing has failed to make an impact in his first season with the club, featuring only six times since the turn of the year.

And with the transfer window nearing closer to opening, Elyounoussi is keen to stay and fight for a starting spot - but wants to chat to Hasenhuttl first.

When asked by Norwegian outlet TV2 whether he was in the Saints manager’s plans, Elyounoussi said: “I feel it. But I haven’t had a real chat with the club, so it’s approaching that I have to do it.

“I am very motivated to come back here and fight for a place. It will be up to me to show that I can deliver.

“He [Hasenhuttl] has told me he doesn’t doubt my quality and skills.”

Elyounoussi's season has been hampered with injuries which has meant it's taken him longer to adapt than he would have liked.

His appearance against West Ham was the first time he's featured for Saints since the defeat to Arsenal back in February.

The former Basel player revealed his absence has nothing to do with a lack of effort.

Elyounoussi added: “I might have needed more time on the physical side, it took longer than I thought. 

“It is about keeping yourself free from injury throughout the season. He [Hasenhuttl] is positive about what I do in training and in my attitude.”