FC Utrecht signing Steve de Ridder has taken a swipe at the culture at former club Southampton.

De Ridder left Saints earlier this summer to sign with Utrecht.

"I gave up almost three quarters of my salary to get away," De Ridder told Voetbal International.

"English football is a decadent world, a middle class does not exist. You need a big expensive car, otherwise they will not even know you're there.

"A smart car is very nice, but not everything for me. At De Graafschap I had a Citroen C1, a small one. Happiness is in other small things.

"Here everything is familiar again, everyone is normal. I even enjoy a simple breakfast, without the beans and bacon."

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