Pierre-Emile Højbjerg is the subject of the feature-length interview in the matchday magazine when Southampton host Chelsea at St Mary’s on Saturday…
For Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, this season has been a life-changing one.
The midfielder’s second year in England has not necessarily been easy on the pitch, with playing time harder to come by than he would have hoped, but at home there have only been memories to cherish.
That is because of the arrival of Rosa, his daughter.
“It has been maybe the biggest change of my life ever, with a little one coming into the world. What can I say? It's my greatest achievement in life,” says Højbjerg, seven months on from her arrival.
The birth, in September, was a particularly poignant one too, given where it occurred.
"She was born where I was born, in the same hospital, in Copenhagen. Actually, the last time I was there in that hospital was when my dad passed away,” says Højbjerg, who lost his father to cancer in 2014.
“It was, like I say, life-changing. Her birth is the best, greatest achievement of my life.
“I say that with a lot of pride and also a lot of awareness about responsibility, courage and also in actually being the best that you can be, because you have a little one to take care of, and you have a little one who now looks up to her dad to take decisions and to give her get some valuable life education.
“For me, its's very important that I can make my daughter as responsible for her own future as possible. I want to base her life on values, base her family on values – and strong values.
“I want to make a family that is a lot about values, and ones like respect and love. Then, for myself and from my life, I would say also dedication to whatever drives you in life, because I need to love what I’m doing.
“It's about creating your own family, creating your own history.”
Højbjerg is an eloquent and honest interviewee who goes on to discuss why he believes Saints will stay in the Premier League, and how a season of struggle has helped him improve as a player.
For all this and more, read the full feature interview in Saturday’s edition of SAINTS, the matchday magazine priced at £4.
You can also pre-order, find all previous editions and take out a subscription for the season by visiting saintsmagazines.co.uk.