Southampton record signing Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is looking forward to playing under Mauricio Pochettino once again after completing his switch from Roma for a fee believed to be in the region of £15 million.
Osvaldo, 27, who had previously been linked with a move to Tottenham, Fulham and Zenit St Petersburg, has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s.
The Italy international worked with Pochettino during his stint at Espanyol, and feels that the Saints boss has done wonders for his career.
“I've worked with Mauricio before and I know him quite well,” he said. “The season I shared with him at Espanyol was my best season as a footballer in a personal and collective sense.
“It's fantastic to work with Mauricio. He's a great motivator and for me it's very important to work with people who appreciate and respect how I work.
“For some years I've been working with people who don't appreciate how I work as a player, so it's great for me to to be working with people who do appreciate it.''
Osvaldo has also represented Huracan, Atalanta, Lecce, Fiorentina and Bologna, but admits that he has always wanted to test himself in England’s top flight.
“I've been dreaming about playing in the Premier League and I want to do something important in this league, so I've made this dream come true,” he said.
“I've always been a massive fan of the Premier League. The technical level of the league is amazing and it is very dynamic. Overall I'm thrilled to be here.''
Information from the Press Association was used in this report