Swansea striker Michu signs four-year deal as he 'lives the dream in south Wales'
Wednesday 23 January 2013
The Spanish striker Michu has signed a new four-year contract to keep the prolific goalscorer at Swansea City until 2016, the Premier League club has said.
“It was an easy decision for me,” he told the club website. “I am living a dream here at Swansea. I’m probably enjoying my football more than ever. It’s easy to play with this team.”
Michu has been a revelation this season with 13 league goals, the fourth highest tally in the Premier League. The Swansea manager, Michael Laudrup, has described the player, who also plays as an attacking midfielder, as the “bargain of the season” after he joined from Rayo Vallecano for £2.2 million in the summer.
However, the 26-year-old’s success had also led to suggestions that the Welsh club would be unable to hang on to the player as bigger rivals expressed an interest.
“I’ve read and listened to all the speculation, but it doesn’t interest me and that’s why I’ve signed a new contract,” said Michu.
“I’m enjoying myself too much because the team always tries to play football. All I think about is the next game and helping Swansea be successful. This is my life.”
Michu’s team-mate Jonathan de Guzman has been rewarded for his recent displays with a call-up to the provisional Netherlands squad for next month’s friendly against Italy.
The Canadian-born De Guzman, who scored twice in Swansea’s 3-1 win over Stoke at the weekend, has been eligible for selection by the Netherlands since he gained Dutch citizenship in 2008 but has so far been overlooked despite impressive spells at Feyenoord, Real Mallorca and Villarreal.
The midfielder has now caught the eye of the Netherlands coach, Louis van Gaal, having turned in a series of strong performances since arriving at Swansea in the summer on a season-long loan from Villarreal.
Latest in Sport
Chelsea vs Manchester United player ratings: Match-winner Eden Hazard leads the way, but Radamel Falcao endures game to forget
Chelsea 1 Manchester United 0: Eight things we learnt as Blues step closer to the Premier League title
Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao: Where are the tickets for the fight?
Chelsea transfer news: Jose Mourinho plays down news signings Nathan and Yoshinori Muto but talks up Ruben Loftus-Cheek
Arsenal transfer news: Mikel Arteta needs 'five minutes' to sign new contract and remain with the Gunners
- 2 Rarest Beanie Baby of them all could be sold for £62,500 on eBay
- 3 Professional big game hunter Ian Gibson crushed to death by elephant during hunt
- 4 Farmer told to tear down mock-Tudor castle after hiding construction behind hay bales
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling