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Swansea City sign Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on season-long loan deal

Swansea City sign Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on season-long loan deal

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Swans boss Michael Laudrup has completed his second deal since taking over, bringing in another one of his ex-players as he looks to build a strong squad ahead of the new term

Swansea City have completed the signing of Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a season-long loan deal.

The 24-year-old is new manager Michael Laudrup’s second signing since taking the helm - following the recent arrival of Jose Manuel Flores - with the Welsh club having the option to sign him on a permanent basis.

De Guzman played under Laudrup during the pair's spell at La Liga side Mallorca and the former Netherlands Under-21 international is excited at the prospect of playing in the Premier League.

Speaking to the club’s official website, the 24-year-old revealed: "Once the opportunity came along to join Swansea and Michael Laudrup it was a done deal. I didn't have to think twice about it.

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"I watched Premier League football every week on the TV last season. I was aware that Swansea are a good footballing side, but they really caught my eye when they beat Manchester City.

"They had a great season and I'm really looking forward to the challenge of playing on a new podium in the Premier League.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity and grateful that the manager has acknowledged me as a player.''

The former Feyenoord academy player joined Mallorca on a free transfer in 2010 before moving to Villarreal for £7 million just one year later.

However, De Guzman struggled to establish himself in a disappointing debut season, as the club's relegation ended their 13-year stint in the top flight, but he is hoping to thrive again under Laudrup.

"I was aware that Swansea are a good footballing side but they really caught my eye when they beat Manchester City"

- Jonathan de Guzman

"I didn't get much game time when the new coach came in,'' the midfielder stated. "It was a frustrating time for me.

"I just want to play football on a regular basis again. I'm fortunate that I will be working under a good coach at Swansea who lets you be free and allows you to do what you do best.

"I like to attack as a midfielder, box to box, and hopefully I can add my share of goals along the way.''

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