, ‘The club that gave me everything’ – Southampton man eyes future return to former club

‘The club that gave me everything’ – Southampton man eyes future return to former club

Southampton attacker Carlos Alcaraz has made his intentions to return to former side Racing in the future clear in an interview with TyC Sports.

Southampton signed Alcaraz from Racing in January 2023 for a reported £12m fee. Since then he played 47 times for the Saints, scoring eight goals and registering five assists in his one year at the club.

However, having been deemed surplus to requirements at St. Mary’s he was shipped out on loan on transfer deadline day in January, moving to Italian giants Juventus until the end of the season.

His Juventus career has been rather stop and start since moving, playing just four times before picking up an untimely hamstring injury. If the Serie A side wish to make his loan permanent they do have a purchase option of €49.5million according to reports.

But whilst his immediate future is a topic of discussion currently, the 21-year-old has spoken out about his long-term goals. In an interview with TyC Sports, he confirmed he would like to return to Racing later in his career.

“I would love to come back. I don’t know if I’m going to be a reference like Diego [Milito] or Licha [Lopez], but I’d like to return in the future,” he said.

“In Argentina, Racing is the club that gave me everything, it’s the one that has the priority and they’ll always have my yes.”

What about Alcaraz’ future at Southampton?

Although a nice sentiment to return to where it all started, attention will soon turn to where Alcaraz will be playing his football next season instead.

It seems unlikely that he would return to Southampton after having a taste of top flight football with both the Saints and now with a side like Juventus. Therefore, if there is interest from a side in one of Europe’s top leagues and Southampton aren’t promoted from the Championship, an exit could be on the cards.

It seems equally unlikely that Juventus will trigger the clause to buy Alcaraz, especially for almost €50million asking price. If they want the play they will likely negotiate a deal to buy him for less, but will only be successful should Southampton wish to lower their valuation.

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