Southampton confirm Joe Aribo transfer on four-year deal after he left touching departure message to Rangers

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SOUTHAMPTON have confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo on a four-year deal.

The midfielder had earlier announced his Rangers exit with a touching post on social media.

Southampton have confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo on a four-year deal

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Southampton have confirmed the signing of Joe Aribo on a four-year dealCredit: Willie Vass

Aribo had rejected a new contract with Rangers earlier in the window and will now move to the South Coast.

The Londoner, who helped Rangers win a first title in ten years and scored in the Europa League final last year, has become a star in his three seasons in Scotland.

Aribo, a Nigeria international said:  “It’s an amazing club with a lot of history here, and it’s a good plan with what’s to come next. I’m really excited for 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.”

He earlier wrote a touching message on his social media to the Gers.

“It’s been an amazing journey being part of this special club,” it read.

“I hold Rangers very close to my heart as they gave me the opportunity to showcase my talent on a bigger stage.

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“Playing at Ibrox was a dream and I’m glad I got to experience it. I’m happy I was able to play a part in the historic 55 league title winning season.

“I’d like to thank everyone associated with this great club for all you’ve done for me during my time here, you’ve always made me feel welcome and I’ve always had your full support.

“We created a lot of memories together, memories that I will carry with me throughout the rest of my career.

“I wish the club nothing but the best for the future and I’ll always be checking in.”

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