Joe Aribo has described the English Premier League as the best in the world after he completed his £10 million switch to Southampton from Rangers.
The Super Eagles midfielder signed a four-year deal with the Saints last night and expressed excitement at the move.
“It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan with what’s to come next. I’m really excited for the journey,” Aribo told his new club’s official website in his first interview as a Southampton player last night.
“The Premier League is the best league in the world. I’ve been watching it since I was a young boy, it’s always been a goal for me to play here and show what I can do on this stage.
“It’s an amazing feeling, a dream come true. This is where I’ve wanted to be since I was a child growing up playing, so to say that I’m here now is really exciting.”
Southampton announced the signing last night with an official statement after Aribo passed his medical.
“Southampton Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Joe Aribo from Rangers on a four-year deal,” the club stated.
The 25-year-old Nigerian spent three seasons at Rangers, scoring 26 goals in 149 appearances following his 2019 free transfer from Charlton Athletic.
The London-born Aribo helped the Glasgow giants win their first Scottish Premiership title in 10 years in 2021 and the Scottish Cup this year, and scored in the final as they finished as runners-up in last season’s UEFA Europa League.
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Joe is a player with many qualities to his game, and we are very excited to welcome him to the squad in time for the pre-season trip to Austria.
“We believe Joe can bring energy and creativity to our side. Feeling comfortable in so many different positions is very helpful for a manager and shows he has a high level of football intelligence, with the ability to take on new information quickly.
“He has played a lot of games already in his career, at a very high level, and his performances in the Europa League prove he has the quality to play in the Premier League. This is a big ambition for him, and he is hungry to show everybody he can do it.”