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Southampton capture Croatian Dejan Lovren from Lyon

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Southampton have signed 23-year-old Croatian defender Dejan Lovren from FC Lyon for an undisclosed fee reports Sky Sports. 

The defender had recently denied speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League but has now put to bed any speculation over his future by signing for the Saints.

Lovren's future in France had been in doubt ever since he criticised the running of the club last month, stating that he had lost interest in training and the coaching methods used by Lyon manager Remi Garde. But the Croatian then made a dramatic U-turn, stating he wanted to stay in France.

But Lovren has since decided that his future lies at St Mary's as Mauricio Pochettino continues his development of the squad that he inherited from Nigel Adkins in January. 

Speaking to Southampton's official website, Lovren spoke of his delight at signing for Pochettino's side. 

"I've spoken a lot with the chairman and the coach and this is a great project. 

“They told me a lot of positive things, and I know the history of the club. It's a big club and I'm very happy that I can be a part of it," Southampton's new recruit said. 

Lovren also stated that it had always been a dream of his to play in the Premier League, and he is thrilled that Southampton have given him the chance.

"After three-and-a-half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. Now the dream has come true. I have it in my mind to do something big, and I see the same thing in the club. We are a young team, and I am a young player also so I hope I will stay here for a long time," added Lovren. 


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