Elche striker Guido Carrillo has admitted his move to Southampton was a “misstep” after leaving the club on a free transfer this summer.

The Argentine signed for Southampton from Monaco in January 2018 in a £19.8m deal, a club record at the time.

However, his time at St Mary’s would prove to be a disastrous one, with him managing just two goals in ten appearances for the club.

Indeed, they have been desperate to get rid of him permanently for some time, sending him out on loan to Leganés both last year and the year before in the hope that the Spanish side would elect to sign him up.

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That never happened, with it regularly reported over the last two summers that Southampton were asking too much for a striker who had managed ten goals and three assists in 60 games for the Spanish side.

Instead, he ended up leaving Southampton on a free this summer, and in his presentation for his new club, admitted the move had been a mistake in hindsight.

“Today more than ever, I feel that I have made the most correct decision after a misstep in English football,” Información report him saying.

“I arrived at a difficult time from Southampton, the coaching staff that led me was dismissed in the first days, and then I already managed to establish myself.

“They are lessons that one has in their career and from which they also learn.

“Now, I seek in Elche to be the player that I know I can be. I hope I can recover my best level; it is a very interesting project.

“I am confident that I can contribute goals, fight and work to achieve the most important thing that is the objective of permanence.

“As things are going, I am confident that it can be a good year for the team and for me.”