The Saints new signing Kyle Walker-Peters has revealed his development under Ralph Hasenhuttl during his loan spell last season was a major factor in him moving to St Mary’s on a permanent deal.

Walker-Peters said: “I’m delighted to have signed here. The last few months on loan have been great for me and a lot of fun too. I’ve really enjoyed my football, the atmosphere here and also the style of play.

“The club definitely fits the way I like to play, and I hope that people were able to see that during the last month or so of the season.

“I feel like I’ve already developed in the time I’ve been here, and that’s a big part of wanting to stay too. Obviously, it’s a club with a great reputation for improving young players and, personally, I’ve found it really valuable working under the manager, with his ideas on the game and what he expects from you as an individual.

“I think the way we finished the season gives us real optimism about where we’re heading too, and it just feels like a really good place for me to keep developing as a player and make the best out of what I have.”

Southampton have completed the permanent signing of full-back Kyle Walker-Peters from Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old makes a summer move to St Mary’s, signing a five-year contract, following a series of eye-catching displays with the team after joining on an initial loan deal in January.

Walker-Peters, who has represented England at every level from Under-18s to Under-21s, came through the Spurs academy before going on to make 24 senior appearances for the London club.


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