Southampton’s Cedric Soares returned to training on Monday following an extended break after his participation with Portugal in the Confederations Cup.
Cedric featured in three out of the four games Portugal played at the tournament held in Russia including the semi-final defeat to Chile.
“it was a very good experience — it’s not everyday that you can participate in that kind of tournament and I was very proud of that,” Cedric told the Official Southampton Website. “The Premier League and Southampton helped me to get ready for the national team.”
Cedric’s lone goal in the tournament gave Portugal a lead late against Mexico, but his potential winner was cancelled out in extra time.
Still, he asserted himself accordingly and provided a threat down the right whilst also performing well in his defensive duties.
“I feel good. It’s good to be back here — back home,” he said.
Jeremy Pied, who has started both friendlies this summer for Southampton in Cedric’s absence, will look to provide competition at right back. The Portuguese international started 30 league matches last term whilst Pied was left sidelined with a knee injury.
“If you also want to be in the national team it is important that you are playing in your club.
“We need to prove every year that we are growing,” Cedric said. “That’s our job and our target and that’s what we focus on.”