Jordy Clasie says it will be nice to say goodbye to the Feyenoord fans when Saints head to De Kuip on Thursday evening.
Clasie joined Ronald Koeman’s men from the Dutch club last Wednesday, signing a five-year contract to bring his 15-year career with Feyenoord to a close.
The midfielder is looking forward to heading back to the place he has called home since a young boy before he and the rest of the team return to England ahead of the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
“For sure (it will be emotional),” Clasie told youtube.com/southamptonfc. “I played there for 15 years. It’s also nice to be able to say goodbye to the club and the fans. It’s important for me to do that.
“The atmosphere is amazing. There are for sure every game 50,000 people and they are always standing behind the players. That’s why I like Feyenoord. The people there are amazing.
“When we played the games against Ajax and PSV, the big games, they were amazing and will always be in my head. Last year we played the Europa League against Roma and that was a big memory for me.”
Jordy, who spent just a couple of days in England before heading back to his homeland for Saints’ pre-season training camp, has enjoyed the opportunity to work with his teammates closely over the last week.
“For sure it’s important for me to come away to the training camp, that’s why I’m happy I go,” he added. “Some players I know for a longer time, but for me it’s important that I learn and know everybody well on and off the pitch.
“I was there for two days in England and then we go to the training camp in Holland. This is my home, but the important thing was to have a good week with each other and play good matches.
“The first days were difficult for me, but I play 15 years at Feyenoord and now I come to a big club. Everything feels good and I’m happy here.”
The game against Feyenoord, which rounds off Saints’ pre-season tour of Clasie’s hometown, will provide the perfect test ahead of Vitesse in the Europa League, the Dutchman believes.
“Feyenoord and Vitesse is a little bit the same,” Clasie said. “They want to play football, they want to build up and that is good. Against Feyenoord it’s a friendly, but next week it’s serious. Feyenoord is a good pre-season match to get ready for Vitesse.”