Friday, January 19, 2018

De Guzman not thinking about Villarreal future

On-loan Swansea City attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman has insisted he has not thought about whether he will remain at the Liberty Stadium or return to Spain in the summer following his season-long loan deal.

On-loan Swansea City attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman has insisted he has not thought about whether he will remain at the Liberty Stadium or return to Spain in the summer following his season-long loan deal, while adding that his future at the Estadio El Madrigal is dependent on the club earning promotion to La Liga, Sky Sports understands.

“I expect to talk with Villarreal within a couple of months. Much will depend on if the club returns to La Liga,” De Guzman told Voetbal International.

“But whether I will return to Spain or keep playing for Swansea City, that is something I haven’t thought about yet. Currently I am just happy I play on a regular basis.”

De Guzman, 25, has been absolutely brilliant for Michael Laudrup’s side this season, totaling four goals and six assists in 24 appearances in all competitions for the Swans.

The former Holland Under-21 international, born in Scarborough, Canada, has made a name for himself playing in-behind Michu, the third top goal-scorer in the English Premier League.

“He makes the difference for us. Last year, I saw Michu score a lot of goals for Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, but now he is even more effective,” De Guzman said of Michu.

Many have dubbed Michu the “buy-of-the-season” at £2 million, and rightfully so. However, De Guzman deserves a lot of acclaim as well. Let’s call him the “loan-of-the-season” in the Premier League, perhaps in all of Europe.

Sao Paulo confident over Denilson transfer

Brasileiro side Sao Paulo remain optimistic they can secure the permanent signature of on-loan Arsenal midfielder Denilson, who returned to Brazil in 2011 following five years in north London with the Gunners, Sky Sports reports.

Denilson, a two-time League Cup runner-up (2007, 2011), has made over 150 senior appearances for Arsenal without winning any silverware.

In 2012, the 24-year-old won the Copa Sudamericana title with Sao Paulo, his first club trophy since winning the FIFA Club World Championship in 2005, prior to his move to the Premier League.

According to reports, Denilson does not want to return to England, with Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes revealing that he believes an agreement will be reached with Arsenal for the Brazilian’s permanent transfer to the club.

“I believe we’ll reach an agreement with Arsenal,” Sao Paulo vice-president Joao Paulo de Jesus Lopes told UOL.

“We have heard from Denilson that he doesn’t want to return to England, that he wants to stay here with us.

“I think our relations with Arsenal will help that to happen.”


Shawn Etemadi



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