Tadic content with Ajax switch

28 June 2018 09:09:56 EST

Serbian forward Dusan Tadic is confident that he has made the right decision to leave Southampton and head back to the Netherlands to join Ajax.

The 29-year-old played for both Groningen and FC Twente before heading to England in the summer of 2014 and has now decided to return to the Eredivisie and sign a four-year deal with the Amsterdammers.

He told reporters after completing his move: "I'm very happy because Ajax is one of the biggest clubs in Holland and in the world. It was always my dream to be at Ajax.

"It was an easy decision because I had a lot of opportunities in the Premier League and other countries, but I think Ajax is best for my future."

Tadic scored 20 goals in 134 Premier League appearances for the Saints, who needed a late-season upturn in form to avoid being relegated last season.

Southampton have already completed the signing of Stuart Armstrong from Celtic as one potential replacement for the departing Tadic, while they are also reported to be close to agreeing a deal for Basel's Norway international Mohamed Elyounoussi.

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has pledged his future to Saints, having put pen to paper on a new four-year contract.

Saints are available at 9/2 to be relegated next season, with Brighton & Hove Albion priced at 8/1 and Crystal Palace 16/1.

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