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'I would love to stay' - De Guzman keen to make Swansea loan permanent

The Dutch midfielder, who joined from Villarreal until the end of the season, is hoping to extend his stay after an impressive start to life in the Premier League.

Swansea City midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is keen to turn his loan spell at the Liberty Stadium into a permanent move after an impressive start to life in South Wales.

De Guzman is currently set to leave the Swans at the end of the season and his future is unclear with parent club Villarreal eying a return to La Liga following its relegation to Spain’s second tier last campaign.

The 25-year-old midfielder’s two-goal haul helped Swansea to a 3-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday and, speaking after the game, De Guzman announced the intention to extend his stay.

"Of course I would love to stay," he told reporters. "I am happy here so we will see what happens. It is going well, I have scored six goals so I’m a happy camper.

"If there is an opportunity I would really love to stay. I am very happy here. It’s a great group, not just the players, but the guys around the place, the staff and the fans.

"It’s a family club and I really like that. There is something good happening here and I like being part of it."

The win over Tony Pulis’ charges saw Swansea extend its unbeaten run in the Premier League to six games and close the gap on fifth-placed Everton to just four points.

The Swans face Chelsea in the second leg of their Capital One Cup semifinal on Wednesday night and, despite holding a two-goal advantage from the win at Stamford Bridge, De Guzman has warned his fellow team-mates that the European champion still holds a significant threat.

“The momentum in the group is excellent," he continued. "We are looking at each game individually and that is important, but we know Wednesday is going to be tough.

"We are 2-0 up with home advantage, but we are playing Chelsea – they are a world-class team who won the Champions League so it’s not going to be easy. It will be difficult, but we are in a great state of mind and know we can win.

"It is a great achievement so far, but the season has a long way to go. We certainly respect them, but there isn’t fear. We are 2-0 up and playing at home, which is probably where we play our best football, so we have to keep the momentum. I think we have a very good chance."

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