Having joined Southampton on Monday for a deal worth up to £15m, Dani Osvaldo, formerly of AS Roma, revealed his delight at playing in the Premier League this season with the Saints.
Osvaldo, a target for Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur earlier in the transfer window, revealed that current Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino played a huge role in convincing the Italian international forward to sign at St. Mary's.
“A big factor for me was knowing Mauricio from beforehand as I knew him for a season and a half,” he told the club's official website.
“I know how he works and I’m very pleased with that. I’ve known him for some time already, so that was the main factor for me as well as coming to an amazing league like the Premier League."
Osvaldo, 27, announced his happiness at having completed a move away from Roma, where he had endured torrid abuse from supporters of the Giallorossi. Just last week supporters of the Italian club sprayed abusive words on the pavement outside the forward's home.
Speaking about his initial reaction to Southampton, Osvaldo said: "My first impressions are that I’m very pleased to be here. The stadium is fantastic and I can’t wait to start training with my new teammates."
With the World Cup next summer, the Argentine-born Italian international revealed his ambition of being in the squad come 2014, when Italy will most likely head to Rio to compete in the World Cup in Brazil.
"It’s a very important year for me and I want to score a lot of goals in order to get into the Italian national side for the World Cup. I want to do well for the club in a personal sense but also a collective one by helping the club out as much as I can."
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