“Thierry is a man with big passion for football. He likes football. He likes to see many games, young players and old players.
“He can give good possibilities to Redmond. They are two players with the same possibilities. They both have good technical ability.”
Puel, chosen ahead of Premier League champion Manuel Pellegrini to replace Ronald Koeman at Saints, added: “I needed a new challenge. I know very well the French league but it was important to know another country, another league.”