Agent: Taider left Southampton for personal reasons

Saphir Taider's loan spell from Inter to Southampton was called off within a month, but the player's agent insists it was down to personal reasons.

Algerian international Saphir Taider has begun a loan stint at Serie A minnows Sassuolo after an aborted spell at Southampton, but the player's representative has defended him against accusations of an attitude problem.

Midfielder Taider has undoubted promise, but he is yet to find a club where he can demonstrate his true potential.

Inter had hoped that farming the 22-year-old out to Southampton for the season would give him a chance to gain some first-team experience, but Taider fell out with manager Ronald Koeman very quickly.

Koeman indicated that Taider wasn't ready to fight for a place at Southampton and hinted that he had displayed the wrong kind of attitude. 

But in an interview with French newspaper L'Equipe, Taider's representative has insisted that his client's decision to head home early was unrelated.

"He still has a lot to learn but his abilities can in no way be questioned," a spokesman for Taider is reported as saying.

"Koeman wanted him and there was daily contact between Inter and Southampton. We also spoke to Southampton staff on the phone to discuss the project.

"Everything was clear but then for personal reasons and in a manner agreed by both parties, Taider decided to return to Italy. 

"There were four offers on the table and Saphir decided to join Sassuolo and is happy about it."

Taider will feel that he has a lot to prove when he pulls on a Sassuolo shirt but the small club has been a good testing ground for talents such as Domenico Berardi and Simone Zaza.

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