Graziano Pelle happy with Ronald Koeman reunion

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Graziano Pelle took no time at all in deciding to move to Southampton, following confirmation that a deal had been done to take him to England.

The just turned 29-year-old was speaking to the club's official website following the confirmation of his signing, and he was quick to pay homage to the man who had brought him to the club which influenced his decision.

Easy choice

“The talks between us were only short in terms of how long it took to convince each other. I was pretty sure that, for me, this would be a great step.

“[Ronald] Koeman and I worked together for two amazing years at Feyenoord, and I hope that it will be the same here." he said.


Following an impressive two seasons under Koeman at Feyenoord, where he scored 55 goals in 66 games, the Dutch manager was also delighted to have secured the man to replace Rickie Lambert on the South coast.

“I had Graziano in my team for my last two years at Feyenoord. He scored a lot of goals – more than 50 in two seasons – and they brought a lot of points to the club. 

“Goals mean points, and we needed a good player in that position after Rickie Lambert left." Koeman told the club's website.


Despite interest in him elsewhere, the 6'4 striker confirmed that he picked a move to St.Mary's as it presented the best move for him, following some eye-catching performances from the Saints in the Premier League last season.

“I had some teams interested in me, but this is going to be the best choice for me because the club wants to keep improving every year."

"...The Premier League is amazing, and Southampton is showing year-by-year that it wants to improve.

“Last year, everyone in Europe was impressed by the performances of the team, and it’s clear that the club is growing. It’s great to be here.” the Italian added.


Southampton will be hoping that Pelle can fill the hefty shoes of his predecessor Lambert and if he does, fans of the club will hope that their side could be in for another fruitful season.

The forward is likely to make his debut in the club's next pre-season friendly on Thursday night, as the Saints take on KSK Hasselt in Belgium.

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