Southampton's club record signing Dani Osvaldo has revealed his his delight at joining the Premier League.
Osvaldo was reportedly frozen out at Roma, but the Argentinian born Italian insisted he wanted to leave.
"Was I in exile [at Roma]? No, I didn't feel that way," he said. "I decided to leave along with the club, who made it clear they wanted me to go," he told Sky Italia.
"What do I say to the fans? The normal fans always showed affection for me. Then there are those who don’t experience love the right way and fortunately they are in the minority.
"I wanted to try an experience abroad, Southampton wanted me and so I decided they were the best option for me.
"I am really happy. I need to adapt to their style of football, which will take a little time, but I have faith."
Osvaldo made his debut in the match against Sunderland and then started the game against Norwich, and although he hasn't found the net in his first two games, the signs are promising.
He added: "I found a good group of players and I am relaxed, which is the important thing."
The striker is battling for a starting spot in Mauricio Pochettino's side along with Rickie Lambert and Jay Rodriguez. Currently away on international duty with Italy, the 27-year-old denied claims that he is a "bad-boy".
"Some people think I am bad, but I say what I think and I respect those who respect me."
It can often take foreign players time so settle into the rigours of Premier League football, and Southampton fans will be hoping he does sooner, rather than later.
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