Mohsni wants out at Shrimpers
Bilel Mohsni's future at Southend is once again unclear with the Frenchman set to go on trial at an unnamed Premier League club.
The enigmatic defender-come-forward had a contrasting campaign with the Shrimpers last term, with his impressive displays and crucial goals overshadowed by three suspensions and numerous bust-ups which threatened to cut short his time at Roots Hall.
But after giving Mohsni a reprieve and subsequently activating a new 12-month extension clause in his contract this summer, manager Paul Sturrock is facing yet another showdown.
He told Southend's official website: "Bilel requested an extension to his holiday to attend a family wedding which we were prepared to grant. Although we were not happy about him returning late for pre-season with the rest of the players.
"Bilel believes he can play at a higher level and has on Monday advised that he is very reluctant to return to Southend at all and he has ambitions to play at least in the Championship. As a consequence, his agent has arranged for him to train with a Premier League club and he will be returning to the UK on Tuesday.
"It is likely this will result in playing in pre-season this weekend so the side can monitor his progress."