Michu chat aided Fernandez switch

The Argentina international has revealed he held talks about the Welsh giants with the Spaniard currently on loan with Napoli, along with Alvaro Vazquez and Jordi Amat

Federico Fernandez has revealed how a conversation with Michu helped sway his decision to move to Swansea City.

Fernandez completed his move to the Premier League from Serie A outfit Napoli on a four-year deal earlier on Wednesday.

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And on the announcement of the deal, the Argentina international revealed he sought the advice of Michu, who is currently on loan at Napoli from Swansea, while also consulting former loanee Alvaro Vazquez and current defender Jordi Amat.

"I asked Michu and Jordi Amat about the club," he told the club's official website. 

"I obviously trained with Michu at Napoli and while I was on loan at Getafe [in 2013] I played with Alvaro Vazquez. He is very good friends with Jordi, so I've spoken to them too. 

"Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All I've heard are good things about Swansea."

The 25-year-old, whose move to the Liberty Stadium is subject to international clearance, is excited by the prospect of playing in the Premier League and believes he can relate to Swansea's style of football.

"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League - it is the best in the world - and I'm grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity," he added.

"I can identify myself with the Swansea style - I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too." 

Fernandez made just 35 Serie A appearances during his three-year spell at Napoli, although he did feature in the club's 3-1 victory over Fiorentina in last season's Coppa Italia final.

He played four times for Argentina at the World Cup as Alejandro Sabella's men reached the final before losing to Germany.


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