Clasie: there’s more to Southampton than Koeman

His switch to Southampton sees Jordy Clasie link up with Ronald Koeman again, but this wasn’t the only reason he made the move.

Having sold Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United last week the Saints have wasted no time in finding a replacement, spending £8.4million to lure Clasie from Feyenoord. The 24-year-old, who has 11 international caps for Holland, has long been linked with a move to England in the past, and he now has his chance in the Premier League.

The midfielder has worked with St Mary’s manager Koeman in the past, and the Dutchman actually gave the player his debut in his first game in charge of the Rotterdam club. So whilst he is pleased to once more link up with his former boss, Clasie insists that he would have been keen to join Southampton even if they had a difference coach.

“It feels good to be joining Southampton,” Clasie said. “It’s a big club playing in what I think is the biggest and most important league. Ronald’s a good trainer and a good man, but I came here not only for him. I came here for the club. I’ve watched many games of Southampton, and I hope that I have many good moments and good years here.”

£25million Schneiderlin was the second big-name player to leave the Saints this summer, following Nathaniel Clyne’s £12million move to Liverpool. Koeman has also been active in bringing players in: Clasie is his fifth capture of the summer, following Juanmi, Cedric Soares, Maarten Stekelenburg and Cuco Martina to the South Coast club.

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