Clasie signed for Southampton, amid interest from the likes of Sunderland, Newcastle, Aston Villa and Manchester United.
Clasie said: “It is a big club, and they play in the biggest league . It is a nice club and it is very good for me. I played every game for Feyenoord under [Ronald] Koeman. He is a good trainer, a good man and I like him - and that is also why I came here.”
It was expected that Koeman would move to sign Clasie immediately following his arrival at Southampton, but it took a season before the midfielder would be brought to the club.
He was linked with a host of Premier League clubs this summer, with Southampton beating out the likes of Aston Villa and Sunderland to his signature. Villa were linked to Clasie by the Telegraph, whilst the Black Cats’ interest was reported by SoccerNews.
The 24-year-old midfielder truly came into his own under Koeman at Feyenoord, establishing himself as club captain and breaking into the Netherlands senior international team.
Clasie has been brought to the club as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin, who left St Mary’s to sign with Manchester United, and they have done well to target the midfielder.
He is a like for like replacement, being the deep-lying midfielder needed to shield the defence, but his tenacity and leadership skills are far improved.
The Saints have once again completed the kind of fantastic transfer business associated with them, and if Clasie can rediscover top form under Koeman whilst turning out on the south coast, it is not likely that Schneiderlin will be missed any time soon.