New Southampton signing Jan Bednarek believes the club will be an ideal place for him to continue his development.
The Polish centre-back moved to St Mary’s on Saturday from his boyhood club, Lech Poznań, becoming the first arrival of the summer at Saints.
His involvement with his country in the Under-21 European Championships means he will begin pre-season later this month, but he is already excited about what he can achieve with his new side.
"It's like a different kind of place to which we see in Poland,” said Bednarek of the facilities at Staplewood Campus. “It's modern, it's so big. There is everything that you need to improve. I will do everything to use this time here.
"We are working for this, to become better players, and it happens like this – when you work, you become a better player and you go up, so I think that's the moment which I worked for all my life and that's what I'm going to do.
“I’m going to use this time and I'm going to improve more and more.”
Bednarek is also looking forward to working with Southampton’s new manager, Mauricio Pellegrino, who enjoyed a fine career as a centre-half.
"I think that's a good connection between ourselves,” he said. “I think I can improve next to him, because he was a very good player.
“I was very young when he played, so I couldn't see him, but I think we can cooperate together so well, I hope we will, and we will have some good times together.”