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The Nigerian midfielder leaves Ibrox after three years.

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Super Eagles of Nigeria midfielder Joe Aribo has sealed a move to English Premier League side Southampton FC. Aribo joins the club after three successful seasons in Scotland with Rangers FC where he won the Scottish league and Cup titles. During his time at Ibrox, Aribo featured 149 times and scored 26 times. He also scored in the final of the 2021/22 Europa League against Frankfurt.

Reacting to the arrival of Aribo, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said: “Joe is a player with many qualities to his game, and we are very excited to welcome him to the squad in time for the pre-season trip to Austria.

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We believe Joe can bring energy and creativity to our side. Feeling comfortable in so many different positions is very helpful for a manager and shows he has a high level of football intelligence, with the ability to take on new information quickly.

He has played a lot of games already in his career, at a very high level, and his performances in the Europa League prove he has the quality to play in the Premier League. This is a big ambition for him, and he is hungry to show everybody he can do it.’’

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Aribo also expressed excitement at joining the English side and is looking forward to the new season.

It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan for what’s to come next. I’m really excited about the journey. The Premier League is the best league in the world. I’ve been watching it since I was a young boy, it’s always been a goal for me to play here and show what I can do on this stage. It’s an amazing feeling, a dream come true. This is where I’ve wanted to be since I was a child growing up playing, so to say that I’m here now is really exciting.’’

Joe Aribo


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This article was first published on 12th July 2022 and updated on August 8th, 2022 at 2:59 pm


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