Mouez Hassen has hailed a ‘dream come true’ after completing his move to Southampton on loan from OGC Nice.
Hassen joins until the end of the season, having worked under Claude Puel before in Ligue 1.
And having already amassed considerable experience at the age of 21, he is relishing a new challenge in the Premier League.
“I’m really happy. It’s a pleasure for me to play in England for the first time and I’m really happy to get to know the Premier League,” said Hassen.
“I’m really looking forward to joining the team and thank you very much for the warm welcome.
“The Premier League is a bit like the NBA Championship in basketball as it’s the biggest league in the world for me.
“It’s a like a dream that has come true. Now it’s up to me to work as hard as I can, to become part of the team and get ready to play.
“I’ll be working hard for the manager who has given me this chance.”
Hassen, who has represented France at youth level, adds further depth to a talented pool of goalkeepers and will provide competition for Fraser Forster.
He added: “I know I’m going to have to learn a new culture and a new way of training, which is different to what I’m used to in France.
“I’m going to get to know a few new keepers, who I know a bit about, so it will be a pleasure to train with them and above all to get used to a new culture and a new league.
“I am going to bring a little bit of French style but it will be great to learn new techniques that are honed here in England that there aren’t in France.”