Toby Alderweireld has explained why he joined Southampton from Atletico Madrid on loan in the summer transfer window.
The Belgium international defender moved to the Premier League outfit on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day.
Atletico signed Alderweireld from Ajax only last summer, but the versatile defender, who can play both as a centre-back and as a right-back, failed to win over coach Diego Simeone.
The 25-year-old moved to the Saints on deadline day, and he has now explained the main reason he chose to switch to Ronald Koeman’s side.
‘I knew a lot of the players that Koeman had signed before I came here’, he told Southampton’s official website. ‘I felt we had a good team so I signed here for a year to play good football, play again and play with good players’.
Alderweireld has been an important player for Southampton, who are flying high in the Premier League table at the moment.
Koeman’s team are currently third in the standings with 16 points from eight matches, just a point behind defending English champions and second-placed Manchester City.
Two of the summer signings, Graziano Pelle and Dusan Tadic, have been hugely impressive this campaign and have been key for the Saints.
Speaking of them, Alderweireld said: ‘Graziano has been fantastic, but it is not only him. We have Dusan who was amazing with his assists and on the bench we have good players who came in and made a difference. That’s a quality of the team, not only the 11 guys who play but also those on the bench who can make a difference’.
Italy international striker Pelle has scored six goals and has created 12 chances in eight Premier League appearances, while attacking midfielder Dusan Tadic has found the target once and has created 20 chances.