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Pratley confirms Swansea exit

Swansea midfielder Darren Pratley has confirmed he will leave the recently promoted club this summer, with Bolton a possible destination for the 26-year-old.

Pratley, who scored the third goal in Swans' 3-1 victory over Nottingham Forest in the second leg of this year's Championship playoffs, has told reporters that he intends to head for greener pastures.

"I'd like to thank the chairman (Huw Jenkins), manager (Brendan Rodgers) and especially the fans for a wonderful five years," he told the club's official website. "But after five years I feel the time is right for a fresh challenge."

"It's been a difficult decision for me and my family to make because Swansea is a fantastic club with such friendly and passionate supporters. It's not going to be easy for me, but if there was a good time to leave it's now with the club having secured a place in the Premier League.

"I wish the club, the players and the supporters the very best of luck in the Premier League and they will always be in my heart."

Pratley has scored 26 goals in 179 appearances for Swansea since he joined the club in 2006 in a £100,000 move from Fulham.

Meanwhile, Swansea say they will not entertain any offers for Ashley Williams after denying that QPR have made an approach for the defender.

The London club were reported to have tabled a £2.6 million bid for the defender, who played a key role in the Swans' promotion push last season. Jenkins has had to deal with speculation regarding Williams and reported Newcastle target Neil Taylor, but he insists neither will be sold.

''We haven't had any bids for Ashley Williams. We're not selling Ashley Williams,'' Jenkins told BBC Wales. ''I think we mustn't forget really that there's a lot of speculation about players like Neil Taylor, Ashley or a few others.

''Agents in this day and age do, rightly or wrongly, get things out in the press, maybe a negotiation tactic to get more wages, bigger contracts - it's just part and parcel of the Championship and now the Premier League.''

Swansea are in talks with Tottenham over the potential loan signing of England Under-21 defender Steven Caulker.

Out-of-contract Villarreal midfielder Marcos Senna has also been mentioned as a possible addition to the squad, although his wage demands may prove to be a stumbling block.


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