Moussa Djenepo believes Southampton’s reputation for developing young players makes the club an ideal new home for him, with the winger excited about learning under the guidance of manager Ralph Hasenhüttl.
The Mali international, who turned 21 on Saturday, was this week announced as Saints’ first arrival of the summer, with an agreement having been reached with Belgian side Standard Liège for his transfer.
Hasenhüttl has spoken of how the youngster, who will join on a four-year deal, fits the profile of player that he is keen to bring to St Mary’s, and Djenepo himself believes the club and its boss are both a perfect fit for him.
“I spoke with him and we had a good chat,” he said of Hasenhüttl. “He showed me that he is ready to help me, and that motivates me.
“I’m really looking forward to working with him, to listening to his ideas and I know that is going to bring me a lot as I become more experienced. I am excited about what the future has in store.
“I am still young and I want to keep on learning. The fact the club develops young players is something I am really open to because I want to keep improving.
“I’m someone who works hard, I want to win, so the club being able to offer that to me and help me improve is something I really like.”
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Djenepo enjoyed a tremendous season in 2018/19, scoring 11 times as Standard Liège finished third in the Belgian top division and qualified for the Europa League.
So, what can Southampton’s fans expect to see from their new arrival.
“I have a good mentality – I never give up and always work hard,” said Djenepo.
“I’m quick and I enjoy dribbling with the ball. That’s what the fans can expect of me and I will give my all for them.”