After committing his future to Southampton, Oriol Romeu is “privileged” to remain part of Ralph Hasenhüttll’s squad on a deal running until 2023.
The 29-year-old, who celebrated five years at the club in August, feels the best is yet to come under the guidance of Hasenhüttl.
Having previously played his part in two top-eight finishes and Europa League qualification at St Mary’s, Romeu is excited by what’s being built under the Austrian.
“We all see that something is forming and something is being built right now,” he said.
“The club have told me that they want me to be a part of it and that’s a privilege. We don’t know what’s going to happen, but the future looks bright and good.
“Being part of it makes me feel very happy and I feel privileged.
“Everything has come together very nicely and the team has improved massively. It’s probably the best I’m feeling and also probably the best I’ve seen the team playing.”
Closing in on 200 appearances for Saints, Romeu has reinvented himself during Hasenhüttl’s tenure.
Now an ever-present in midfield alongside captain James Ward-Prowse, the Spaniard still sees room for improvement.
“I’ve changed the way I’m playing,” he said. “I’ve learnt new things and I think he’s a great manager and is doing amazing with us, the results are there to show I’m not just saying it.
“I knew that if I wanted to play for Ralph I had to improve in some parts of my game, like my physicality and a more attacking mindset.
“I tried to change those things and I think they came out nicely. It took me a while, I won’t lie, but I think I got there and I still feel like I have room to improve on more things.
“Getting into those areas where I can score or create a chance is nice, and having that feeling of scoring goals is probably one of the best we can have so definitely I’m enjoying it and I just want more.”