Thursday October 15 2020
Hoedt: 'Mistake to leave Lazio'

Wesley Hoedt admits he ‘made a mistake leaving Lazio’ for Southampton and jumped at the chance when Simone Inzaghi asked him to return.

The defender already played at the Stadio Olimpico from 2015-17 before his move to Southampton.

“When the coach called me a few weeks ago, we talked about various things,” said Hoedt in his press conference.

“Inzaghi was very important in my decision and he asked me to come back here. I know there are going to be doubts around me, but I’ll give my all for this jersey and these fans.

“I made a mistake in leaving Lazio, I am the first to admit it, but you do make mistakes in life. I’m happy that I get a chance to do it all over again.

“I’ve also gained three years of experience abroad, am certainly more mature as a person and a player. Now it’s up to me to prove it.”

Lazio director Igli Tare also explained the reasoning behind the move for Hoedt late into the transfer session.

“It was a decision we shared with the coach. We were looking for a centre-back who understood the Italian language and our way of playing football. I am convinced he’ll prove to be a great acquisition.”

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