New Hertha Berlin signing Deyovaisio Zeefuik has told Kicker that Arjen Robben convinced him to chose the Bundesliga outfit over a move to Southampton.
After weeks of speculation and an ‘on again off again’ saga to rival Ross and Rachel, a Dutch U21 international is finally settling into life in the German capital.
Southampton agreed a £5.5 million fee with Groningen at the end of July, according to Voetbal International.
But Zeefuik made it clear that he had no interest in becoming Cedric Soares’s replacement on the South Coast, hitting out of Groningen director Mark-Jan Fledderus for attempting to push him towards the Premier League club (RTV Noord).
After belatedly becoming the latest highly-rated youngster to join an ambitious Hertha side, Zeefuik has opened up on the role played by a Holland and Bundesliga legend in his decision.
“Arjen told me that the Bundesliga was a good step,” the former Ajax youngster explains.
“I follow my feelings, and my feelings here have been good from the start. Berlin is the best for me to take the next step.”
Southampton fans can be forgiven for scoffing a little at Zeefuik’s explanation, especially when you consider that Ralph Hasenhuttl has a very impressive track record when it comes to setting young players on the pathway to the top.
Just ask Timo Werner, Naby Keita and Lukas Klostermann at RB Leipzig.
Danny Ings, Nathan Redmond and Jack Stephens have played the best football of their career under the ‘Alpine Klopp’ at Southampton, meanwhile.
Oh well. At least Kyle Walker-Peters is arriving to finally solve that right-back problem.