Osvaldo: Boss was key to move

New Southampton striker Daniel Osvaldo admits the prospect of working with Mauricio Pochettino again was a key factor in his decision to join the club.

Last Updated: 20/08/13 at 10:56 Post Comment

Daniel Osvaldo: Italy international is relishing working with Mauricio Pochettin

Daniel Osvaldo: Italy international is relishing working with Mauricio Pochettin

Osvaldo has moved to St Mary's on a four-year contract from Roma for a club-record fee of around £15million to hook up once more with Pochettino, who was his mentor at Espanyol three seasons ago.

"I've worked with Mauricio before and I know him quite well," Osvaldo said.

"The season I shared with him at Espanyol was my best season as a football in a personal and collective sense.

"It's fantastic to work with Mauricio. He's a great motivator and for me it's very important to work with people who appreciate and respect how I work.

"For some years, I've been working with people who don't appreciate how I work as a player, so it's great for me to to be working with people who do appreciate it."

The 27-year-old Italy international claims his long-held desire to play in the English Premier League was another reason for making his move.

Osvaldo added: "I've been dreaming about playing in the Premier League and I want to do something important in this league, so I've made this dream come true.

"I've always been a massive fan of the Premier League. The technical level of the league is amazing and it is very dynamic. Overall I'm thrilled to be here."

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