Summer signing reveals what convinced him to join Southampton

Southampton's Toby Alderweireld has discussed the reasons why he agreed to sign for the club in the summer.

Toby Alderweireld says that a phone call from Ronald Koeman was enough to convince him that joining Southampton would be the right move in the summer. 

The Belgian international joined the Saints in the summer transfer window on a loan deal from Atletico Madrid, and it was Koeman's foresight that helped secure the deal. 

Alderweireld revealed that the Dutch manager rang to inform him how much they wanted him to be a part of what they were building at St. Mary's and this gave him the confidence to complete the move. 

"I think first of all the trainer [convinced me to join," Alderweireld said in an interview with Sky Sports. "We had a good talk, he called me in Spain and he said we really want you. That gave me the confidence I needed."

Alderweireld signed up at a time when there were doubts over where Southampton would finish this season.

The loss of a core group players meant that many had felt the Saints could be in for a relegation scrap, but the Belgian defender says he knew that this wouldn't be the case because of the standard of players they had brought in. 

"In the beginning there were a lot of players leaving, but when I looked at Southampton they bought a couple of players like Graziano [Pelle] and Dusan Tadic," he said.

"Those are players who maybe are not familiar in England but I knew them before in Holland. I was convinced they were going to play good, and that's why I came."

Alderweireld's prediction turned out to be a correct one and he will be very glad he has signed now. 

Already Southampton have made public their desire to make the 25-year-old's loan spell a permanent move, and it looks very possible that progress could be made in January. 

Alderweireld is an established player in the Southampton line-up and he has played a major part in them having the best defensive record in England.

The South Coast club have only conceded five goals in their first 11 games and currently sit second in the Premier League table. 

It is an incredible start, which they will be keen to build on, but Koeman's men will have to be at the top of the game if they are to retain their lofty position as they face Aston Villa before taking on Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United in their next four games. 

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