Southampton announce deal for Dutch midfielder
Ronald Koeman has moved quickly to replace Morgan Schneiderlin by signing Feyenoord star Jordie Clasie in a deal worth £8million.
The Dutchman has signed a five-year deal at St Marys late last night, ending his 15-year association with the Dutch side.
Southampton were in the market for a new centre-midfielder, after Schneiderlin completed his move to Manchester United earlier in the week.
After confirming the signing, Saints‘ Director of Football Les Reed, said the following on the new arrival: “Jordy is one of the most highly sought-after midfielders in Europe.
“His qualities are plain to see for anybody who has watched his development over the past few years as closely as we have, and we are delighted that he will continue his growth at Southampton.
“Like Cédric Soares and Juanmi, he has emerged from an academy with a set of values closely aligned to our own and has spent the entirety of his prior professional career contracted to one club.
“With Jordy having played for Ronald Koeman for three years at Feyenoord, this is the perfect move for both the player and Southampton Football Club.”
Also speaking to the club’s official website, Clasie revealed his delight at securing the switch to the Premier League side.
He added: “It feels good to be joining Southampton. It’s a nice club, and I’m happy to be here.
“It’s a big club playing in what I think is the biggest and most important league.
“Ronald being here is a big thing for me and that was important in me coming here, but even if he wasn’t here, I’d have come to this club.
“I played every game for him. He’s a good trainer and a good man so I like him, but I came here not only for him. I came here for the club.
“I’ve watched many games of Southampton, and it’s felt good when I’ve watched these games.
“I hope that I have many good moments and good years here.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt