Southampton’s new signing Oriol Romeu is looking forward to being back in the Premier League.
The 23 year-old has spent the last two seasons away from England on loan at La Liga side Valencia CF and then with Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart.
After completing a permanent move to St Mary’s from Chelsea on Wednesday, Romeu says he can’t wait to be back playing in what he feels is the best league in the world.
“I’ve seen many things, many cultures and different ways to play football,” Romeu told Southampton’s official YouTube channel. “I have learned a lot from every coach.
“I want to keep learning. Now, with Ronald Koeman, it will be a good experience for me. He’s a top coach and was a top player so it’ll be a pleasure to play for him.
“I have played in three of the best leagues in Europe, but if I had to choose one, the English one is the best for a player.
“The quality of the league and the atmosphere in every stadium is massive. It’s perfect to be back in this kind of club and I’m looking forward to playing again.”
Romeu made 27 league appearances for Stuttgart last season, showing no signs of the two injuries that held back his progression with permanent club Chelsea.
Now with Saints, he believes he can continue to develop as a player, and hopes to make an immediate impression on his teammates.
“After two difficult injuries it was good to be back and have some games, it’s the best for the player,” he added.
“At 23 years-old, I still feel like I can give a lot more so that’s why I want to take this step and move forward.
“Southampton have given me the chance to come to this big club. I hope to keep growing and keep giving more good games for the team.
“I like to help my teammates, to let them feel comfortable next to me,” he continued. “I will always try to help the team because it needs to be compact and to have trust with everyone.”