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The 24-year-old Dutchman, who arrived from Serie A Club Lazio for £15 million at the start of the last season, had played every minute of Southampton’s Premier League campaign this season until the 2-2 draw against Manchester United on December 1 where he was benched by former manager Mark Hughes.
Things turned from bad to worse for the Dutchman upon the arrival of new manager Ralph Hasenhuttl at St.Mary’s, with the Austrian omitting the 24-year-old from the matchday squads for the last six Premier League games.
And Hoedt is completely shocked at his sudden slip down the pecking order at the south coast club, claiming that he was given no explanation for his marginalisation.
“It’s been very strange,” Hoedt told Dutch newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad.
“I played everything. Almost 50 games in a row I was in the starting line-up and I played 90 minutes, until I suddenly came to be marginalised. I never had a clear explanation.
“This is the best solution. A nice club in a nice competition. This way I can show that I didn’t play a lot of matches at Lazio and Southampton for nothing.”
“No, I don’t feel that way,” he said.
“What I said: I just want to continue with what I was doing. I did well at Lazio and at Southampton. I want to continue that here.”