Yoshida: Saints is my home

By SFC Media Thu 24 Aug Maya Yoshida
Photo by Chris Moorhouse | Maya Yoshida

Maya Yoshida was thrilled to sign a new contract at Southampton, describing the club as feeling like his home.

The Japan international defender agreed a fresh three-year deal at St Mary's on Thursday, with his latest agreement set to take his stay with Saints to eight seasons.

Yoshida explained that he had no hesitation in signing a new contract to remain a Saint for the next few campaigns.

"There was no reason to leave the club," he said. "I have been here for five years. In that time, I have had difficult moments, good moments – everything.

"I feel like it's my home and I'm very happy to continue my journey with Southampton. It's a new chapter for my career.

"Southampton is a good team, a good club, with good facilities and a fantastic stadium. We have fantastic fans and I am really proud myself to be here and to be part of this club.

"The club needs to improve more and more still, and I have to go in the same way with them."

Having enjoyed a fantastic five seasons with Saints, which has featured multiple top-half Premier League finishes, two European adventures and a Wembley final, Yoshida is optimistic that even better times still lie ahead.

"In the last five years the club has progressed in so many ways, but still we are on the way on this good journey, so we still need to move on and make sure the club becomes much bigger than before – I try to help that," he said.

"We have a good squad and we've got a new manager now and we're positive for the new season. We're just a few games in, but it's going to be a special season for me individually, but for the club as well."

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