Filip Djuricic: Southampton loanee wants permanent deal

Filip Djuricic
Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic spent the first half of this season with Bundesliga club Mainz

Southampton's on-loan Benfica midfielder Filip Djuricic has said he wants a permanent move to St Mary's.

The 23 year-old joined for the rest of the season on 2 February, and made his debut against West Ham nine days later.

"I'm here to help the team reach the Champions League and after that it's my goal to stay here if at all possible," Djuricic told BBC Radio Solent.

"The atmosphere at the club is really great because they haven't been in this situation in a long time."

The Serbia international, whose side are currently fourth in the Premier League, continued: "I think we can reach the goals that we want at the end of the season.

"I didn't expect such a great club and that's a good feeling."

Saints host seventh-placed Liverpool on Sunday in a crucial game in the race to secure Champions League football, and Djuricic said it is the type of high-pressure match he relishes.

"I like to play games under pressure with full stadiums and lots of attention. Playing against Liverpool is one of those games," he said.

The match will have extra significance in Djuricic's homeland with two other Serbian players - Saints team-mate Dusan Tadic and Liverpool's Lazar Markovic - hoping to feature in Sunday's clash.

"We have a very good national team," Djuricic added. For Serbian football it's very important to have players in the Premier League as I believe it is the best league in the world at the moment.

"The quality is really high and I'm hoping more Serbian players will come over the next few years."

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