Shelvey: Rodgers advised me to complete Swansea move

The attacking midfielder recently sealed his switch to the Liberty Stadium after three seasons at Anfield and has since revealed his former manager's influence on the transfer
Jonjo Shelvey has confirmed that former manager Brendan Rodgers played a significant role in his move from Liverpool to Swansea.

The midfielder, who has been capped once by the England senior side, called time on his career at Anfield to make the switch to South Wales for a fee of £5 million after falling out of the Northern Irishman's plans on Merseyside.

Speaking to reporters, Shelvey acknowledged it had been a difficult decision to leave Liverpool but on the advice of Rodgers, chose to move to Swansea in search of more opportunities for first-team football.

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"Leaving Liverpool was a very hard decision," said the 21-year-old.

"But coming to Swansea, who play similar football which Brendan and managers before him installed, is an attraction.

"Brendan said he wouldn’t let me go to a club that wasn’t right for me. He said Swansea are perfect for the way I play."

After moving to Liverpool as a highly-rated youngster from Charlton three seasons ago, Shelvey made 70 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, scoring seven goals.

However, despite beginning the 2012-13 season as a regular, the January signing of Philippe Coutinho pushed Shelvey down the midfield pecking order and hastened his summer departure.

"[Rodgers] couldn’t guarantee me the first-team football at Liverpool, and he said if I could get the game-time at Swansea then I should go.

"I need to come and play football and get myself to the status that I once had."

Shelvey is already Swansea's fifth signing of what is proving to be a busy summer of transfer business at the Liberty Stadium, as Michael Laudrup bolsters his squad ahead of their maiden campaign in the Europa League following last season's Capital One Cup success.