Swansea City

Laudrup keen on midfielder stay

Swansea City are becoming well known for their love of La Liga players here in the Football Transfer Tavern and today Sky Sports claim the club are looking to keep Jonathan de Guzman in South Wales beyond his loan spell that expires in the summer.

The player is currently on loan from Villarreal and has been a key man for Michael Laudrup this term, with the Dutchman representing someone Laudrup admires and has an eye on keeping for an extended period of time.

When asked if he would move for the player on a permanent deal this January, the Swans’ manager told the Daily Mail: “Jonathan is very happy here but it depends a lot on what Villarreal want. We are going to try what we can and we will see if it is enough. We won’t buy him in January. He is on loan until the end of the season, and then we’ll see.”

Villarreal are of course in the Segunda division of Spanish football after relegation last season and De Guzman is believed to prefer a stay at high flying Swansea than a promotion scrap in Spain.

Although born in Canada, de Guzman has represented the Netherlands at international level, appearing for their Under-21 side in 2008. The midfielder started his career at Feyenoord, making his debut in 2005 and has also appeared for Mallorca before joining current parent club Villarreal in 2011.

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