Hughes: Welcome in China was fantastic

By SFC Media Fri 13 Jul Pre-season
Photo by Matt Watson | Mark Hughes

Southampton manager Mark Hughes has praised the welcome he and his team received in China during their two-week training camp in the country.

Saints head home today after a fortnight in the Far East, following stays in Kunshan and Xuzhou, as well as visits out to Shanghai and Beijing, and a pair of games, against Schalke and Jiangsu Suning.

"We've been made very welcome by everybody," said Hughes, as the trip came to a close.

"The facilities have been excellent as well, the hotels have been good, so we're more than pleased with the outcome of the trip, both in a professional outlook and point of view and obviously from a personal one and a social one, given the welcome that we've had here."

The Saints players will be given the weekend off, ahead of returning to Staplewood on Monday, when they will begin the build-up to their next friendly, away to Derby, on Saturday 21st July.

"It will be good to get back now," said Hughes. "Obviously, we've done a lot of travelling and we've got more travelling ahead of us, but we'll be able to have some downtime at the weekend, then get back to it on Monday and get back to the training ground with a full week ahead of us before a decent game at the weekend."

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