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Osvaldo: Roma 'wanted me to go'

September 9, 2013
By ESPN staff

Southampton striker Pablo Osvaldo has suggested former club Roma pushed him out, revealing the Italian side "made it clear they wanted me to go".

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GettyImagesOsvaldo is content with his decision to join Southampton.

A summer exit always looked likely for Osvaldo as the final months of his Roma career were tarnished by a number of reported feuds with the club.

Although Osvaldo has denied he felt he had no other choice but to leave, he insists there were no attempts by Rudi Garcia's men to keep him.

"Was I in exile? No, I didn’t feel that way. I decided to leave along with the club, who made it clear they wanted me to go," he said. "What do I say to the fans? The normal fans always showed affection for me. Then there are those who don’t experience love the right way and fortunately they are in the minority.

"There is an element of the fans who love football the wrong way and I could not stay in Rome with people writing nasty messages outside my house. It’s not normal and nothing gets done about it, to the point where people considered it normal."

The 27-year-old is confident he made the right decision in joining Southampton and is hopeful he can quickly adapt to the English style of football.

"I am always proud to be here and happy the Coach has faith in me. I am happy now, as I decided to go to England with a club that gave me good sensations," he added. "I found a good group of players and I am relaxed, which is the important thing.

"I wanted to try an experience abroad, Southampton wanted me and so I decided they were the best option for me. I am really happy. I need to adapt to their style of football, which will take a little time, but I have faith."

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