Ibrahima Diallo is ready to embrace a new challenge in a new country after signing for Southampton from French Ligue 1 outfit Brest.
The 21-year-old has signed a four-year contract at St Mary’s to become the club’s third summer acquisition.
The defensive midfielder arrives with an ever-growing reputation after a string of standout performances in the French topflight, but is now ready for the next chapter in the Premier League.
ibrahima dialloIt’s a new adventure for me, a new challenge and I can’t wait to get started with the team.
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“I have a good reputation in France especially, as that is where I turned pro and have been able to play a lot of games, but it’s a new challenge for me to come to a new country, a new league and it’s also a new life for me with the change in culture.
“I think the Premier League is the biggest league in the world and therefore it’s a chance for me to reach new milestones and reach the highest level.
“I am very happy and I am very excited. It’s a new adventure for me, a new challenge and I can’t wait to get started with the team.”
Already briefed by manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, Diallo is clear on what is expected of him and is ready to hit the ground running.
“I spoke with the manager at length. We spoke a little bit about everything. He explained to me exactly how he wants to play, his way of working, what he expects of me and how he is going to use me. He was very clear with me and I liked the way he spoke and explained things, which gave me great insight into his methods, which was good.
“Of course we have objectives as a team – they come before anything else. We want to have the best season possible and finish as high in the table as we can.
“Of course, I also have personal objectives with my national team age group with the big competitions which will take place at the end of the season. On a personal level, I want to gradually cement myself as a starter with Southampton too.”