Berahino sent back to France

Saido Berahino has confirmed that he will be returning to France to continue his intensive fitness programme before he rejoins his Premier League side West Bromwich Albion.

The eccentric forward has been absent from Tony Pulis squad this season following a disagreement resulting from a blocked potential move to Tottenham Hotspur.

After a lack of first-team football, Berahino reportedly put on extra weight which has made him unfit to return to the starting XI, despite amending his relationship with his Welsh manager.

"I have had a good, constructive talk with Tony and the senior management and we all agree this is the best way forward for me," he told BBC Football.

"This last year has been the most difficult of my career and it has left me short of the form and fitness required for the Premier League.

"I have never been a player who lacked confidence or a belief in himself but that has been where I have found myself and it has hit me hard.

"It has left me feeling depressed and struggling for focus which has made it even more difficult to regain full fitness."

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