Jannik Vestergaard says he is realising the dreams of every Danish footballer by beginning a new life in the Premier League.
The towering defender, a Denmark international, came through the youth ranks at Brøndby in his homeland, but arrives at St Mary’s via an eight-year stint in Germany.
Still only 25, Vestergaard believes his Bundesliga experience will serve him well in England, having signed a four-year contract with Southampton.
“Every Danish guy loves to see himself in the Premier League – it is the biggest league in the world and a very attractive place to play as a Danish footballer,” he said.
“It has always been a dream – it is a dream – and right now I’m looking forward to it.
“I still have to experience the Premier League, but I don’t feel there are so many different aspects in the football itself.
“I think there is more awareness in the Premier League that will take some getting used to – the press side of things – but experience is always positive, and having about 200 games in the Bundesliga will make it easier for me to adapt.
“I’m quite a big guy and a physical guy, so I’m going to try to help the team in that way.”