After becoming increasingly involved in the Southampton first team in recent weeks, tenacious midfielder Jordy Clasie has told the club’s official website in a recent interview that he feels happy with his progress and has stated that he is nearing his best possible form.

I think the last few weeks is going much better than the first games that I played here for Southampton.

Although there is of course room for improvement, Clasie is feeling highly optimistic about Saints’ chances this season and has revealed that his aim is to finish in the top six of the Premier League this season to ensure European qualification, two years in a row.

I play now the last games also 90 minutes, I feel fitter, and the confidence is there in the team. I think that’s the most important thing. Also for me, as a midfielder, the organisation stays good and I think I can trust everybody in the team and I think that’s very important. The organisation the last few weeks is very good, so that’s nicer for me to play in.

Clasie will have a bittersweet memory of his European adventure in a red and white shirt, as his competitive debut for the club against Vitesse in the Europa League third qualifying round first leg was cut short by a hamstring injury, followed by a later ankle problem, that kept him out for a long period of time up until his Premier League debut against Stoke.

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It’s a hard league, but when I came here I knew that. Every game is a hard game and a tough game, so I have to work hard for it, and hopefully I can do it much better than the last weeks.

I began with a bad injury and then I came in and it was difficult, because we lost some games and had some draws, but the last few weeks we’re doing much better, we have confidence and hopefully I can do it much better in the last 12 games (of the season) than in the last games.

The Netherlands international is looking likely to start for an extended period of time in the Southampton midfield as fellow defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama sits out of the next four competitive fixtures due to suspension.

Of course, it was for me a dream to play in the Premier League and Southampton gives me the chance, so it’s a dream for me.

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