Maya Yoshida trains with Southampton: Russell Martin's positive insights

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Southampton's manager, Russell Martin, recently shared insights regarding Maya Yoshida's training stint with the team during LA Galaxy's offseason. Speaking to the Daily Echo, Martin expressed his appreciation for Yoshida's presence and professionalism.

"It’s been good, Maya is a really good guy. He has trained five or six times with us - he has gone back now, but he is welcome back at any time," said Martin, highlighting Yoshida's positive impact during the training sessions. "Hopefully, he enjoyed himself in training - he looked like he did. He is in good shape still and he can still really play football," he added, acknowledging Yoshida's fitness and playing abilities despite being 35 years old.

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The Southampton manager also emphasized the positive reception Yoshida received from the team, stating, "It’s always nice when someone can come back to the club and nobody has a bad word to say about them. Everyone spoke about what a good guy he is and what a good professional he is."

Yoshida's brief return to Southampton for training sessions has left a favorable impression, portraying him as a dedicated and well-respected player both on and off the pitch. The experience provided an opportunity for the Japanese defender to maintain his fitness and showcase his skills, fostering a positive environment within the team and leaving the door open for potential future collaborations.