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Southampton new boy Osvaldo made to leave Roma

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New Southampton signing Daniel Osvaldo has declared his delight at joining up with Mauricio Pochettino's men after Roma made it clear they no longer wanted him.

The Italian joined Saints this summer for a club record fee of £15m  after two seasons with Roma, following a prolific spell in Spain with Espanyol.

Despite seemingly being made to leave the Italian giants, Osvaldo insists he is very happy to have joined the south coast club.

He said: "In England I'm happy, I'm fine with my new team-mates and the new club. I still have to adapt, and to score goals, but I'm more than happy with my choice.

"It was my decision, although Roma made me understand that I had to go away."

Although he had a successful period in Serie A, scoring 16 goals last season, the Argentina-born forward also expressed his desire to leave the country in order to escape the club's extremist supporters.

"The normal fans always showed affection for me. There is an element of the fans who love football the wrong way and I could not stay in Rome with people writing nasty messages outside my house," said Osvaldo.

Supporters of Southampton for their first glimpse of the Italy international when made his debut for Saints in the 1-1 draw with Sunderland, coming on as a second-half substitute.

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