MOUSSA Djenepo indicated that Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl was a key component in him signing for the club.

Djenepo, 20, joined the St Mary's side for £14 million on a four-year deal from Belgian outfit Standard Liege.

Speaking to the Southampton FC website, the new addition said: “I analysed the situation a lot – I talked it over with my team and my family and I decided Southampton was right me.

“It’s a good club that is progressing. It has great facilities and it’s a place that can help me to really kick on and progress. 

“I spoke with him [Hasenhuttl] and we had a good chat.

“He showed me that he is ready to help me and that motivates me.

“I’m really looking forward to working with him, listening to his ideas and I know that he is going to bring me a lot as I become more experienced. I am excited about what the future has in store.”

Subject to the relevant paperwork being completed, Djenepo will officially become a Saints player at the beginning of July.

He will link up with the squad for pre-season following the end of Mali's stint in the Africa Cup of Nations which gets underway later this month.

And the young winger admitted he can't wait to get started and meet his new teammates.

He added: “First of all, I have to adapt quickly to my new club as I want to achieve great things with Southampton and aim to win trophies and win games together as a team.

“With football, there is always a loser and a winner, and I want to win lots of games together and for this club to be like a new family for me.

“I can’t wait to be around my new teammates and work hard alongside them in a really positive and calm environment.”

And when questioned what can be expected from him, Djenepo responded: “I have a good mentality – I never give up and always work hard. I’m quick and I enjoy dribbling with the ball.

“That’s what the fans can expect of me and I will give my all for them.”