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Jul, 10, 2012

Swansea sign Jonathan de Guzman

Swansea have signed Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman on a season-long loan deal.

De Guzman, 24, signed a one-year loan deal at the Liberty Stadium, with an option to make the move permanent.

"Once the opportunity came along to join Swansea and Michael Laudrup it was a done deal,'' he told the club's website. "I didn't have to think twice about it.

"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.''

Born in Canada, he began his career at Feyenoord's youth academy and joined up with Laudrup at Mallorca on a free transfer in 2010 before being sold on transfer deadline day to Villarreal for around £7 million in August 2011.

"I didn't get much game time when the new coach came in,'' confirmed the attacking midfielder. "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 (Laudrup) 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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