Tadić says decision to link up with Koeman was "easy" and "exciting"

St Marys Southampton

Serbian international Dušan Tadić has said his move to the Premier League with Southampton was an easy decision and a natural next step.

Dušan Tadić completed his move to Southampton on Tuesday after undergoing medical testing and agreeing personal terms on a deal estimated to be worth around £11m.

Tadić joins Southampton off the back of two remarkable years, which saw him create 133 chances last season alone, 35 more than Max Kruse of Borussia Monchengladbach, his nearest competitor - according to Opta stats for Europe's top six divisions.

The Serbian has arrived to fill the void left by Adam Lallana, with boss Ronald Koeman backing the former Twente and Groningen player to be of great important to his new-look Southampton side.

Although he is just the first of many expected signings at St. Mary's this summer, Tadić explained that he was excited for the challenge ahead after making the "easy" decision to play under Ronald Koeman at Southampton.

Speaking to Southampton's official website, Tadić said:

“It is a really nice feeling to sign. This is a really nice club of which I have heard a lot of good things about."

“I have already seen the beautiful training centre and there are lots of nice people that work here including the coaches so I am really happy to be here."

“I watched a lot of [Southampton’s] games last season and saw that the club plays really nice football which will suit me because I like to play in the same way."

“The manager obviously knows me from the Dutch league so, when he called me and told me his plan, it was an easy decision to make. I know the manager well because he is one of the biggest Dutch legends in football – everyone knows him."

“He is a really good coach and you can always expect his teams to play well because he is leading them and because he is so good tactically. I am really excited to start playing for the club.”

 

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