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Saturday 15 June 2013

Southampton sign Dejan Lovren from Lyon

The 23-year-old joins on four-year deal from Lyon as Southampton's first summer signing

  • Dejan Lovren has played 17 times in defence for Croatia, including against Wales in March

  • Lovren, here with Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino, has signed a four-year deal

Southampton have announced the signing of Lyon defender Dejan Lovren. The 23-year-old signed a four-year contract as the club's executive chairman Nicola Cortese and first-team manager Mauricio Pochettino watched on.

The Croatia international is Southampton's first signing of the summer and will link up with his new team-mates when the first team return for pre-season training at the start of July.

"After three-and-a-half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League"
Dejan Lovren

"I’ve spoken a lot with the chairman and the coach, and this is a great project," Lovren said. "They told me a lot of positive things, and I know the history of the club. It’s a big club and I’m very happy that I can be a part of it.

"After three-and-a-half years in France, it was a dream to play in the Premier League. Now the dream has come true. I have it in my mind to do something big, and I see the same thing in the club.

"We are a young team, and I am a young player also so I hope I will stay here for a long time."

Lovren spent three seasons with Lyon, joining from Dynamo Zagreb in January 2010, and has won 17 caps for Croatia, scoring twice, including against Wales in a FIFA 2014 World Cup qualifier in March this year.

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Key Points

  • Dejan Lovren signs for Southampton from Lyon
  • The 23-year-old Croatia defender agrees to four-year deal
  • Lovren says the move to the Barclays Premier League is a "dream come true"