Saturday, May 26, 2018

Michu pens four-year deal; M’Vila passes medical, joins Rubin Kazan

Swansea City sensation Michu has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City sensation Michu has put pen to paper on a new four-year contract at the Liberty Stadium ahead of the Swans’ Capital One Cup semi-final second leg clash against European champions Chelsea in Wales, ESPN understands.

Michu, 26, has been absolutely brilliant for Michael Laudrup’s side this season, bagging 16 goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.

The in-form Spaniard joined Swansea City from Spanish club Rayo Vallecano in the summer for a fee of just £2.2 million despite netting 15 league goals and three assists in Spain’s top flight last term.

Michael Laudrup has brought in a bevy of Spanish talent since taking over the club from Brendan Rodgers in the summer.

Spanish trio Chico Flores, Michu and Pablo Hernandez have proved to be fantastic summer signings for the Danish boss, while the additions of Canadian-born Dutch attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman (on loan) and South Korea international Ki Sung-Yueng have also helped the Welsh side to ninth-place in the Premier League.

“It was an easy decision for me,” Michu told the club’s official 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 and (on Wednesday night) I have the chance to reach the first final of my career.

“I’m really happy here in the city with the people, the club and the fans. Everyone has been so nice to me since I arrived.

“I think the club are happy with me because they have given me a new contract. I am certainly happy with the club.”

Next up for Swansea City, signing on-loan Villarrael attacking midfielder Jonathan De Guzman to a permanent deal.

M’Vila passes medical, joins Rubin Kazan

Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan have completed the signing of Stade Rennais defensive midfielder Yann M’Vila, according to Sky Sports.

M’Vila, 22, reportedly rejected offers from Fulham and Queens Park Rangers before deciding to move to Russia upon the successful completion of a medical.

“Stade Rennais, FC Rubin Kazan and Yann M’Vila have reached an agreement for the permanent transfer of the French international,” read a statement on Rennes’ official website.

“After the traditional medical visit, the Rennes midfielder joined the Russian club officially on Wednesday evening.”

Rubin Kazan reportedly offered the 22-year-old France international a more lucrative deal than Fulham and QPR, which may or may not have tipped the balance in their favour.

Bitter North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were also linked with a move for the Frenchman, who is banned from international duty following an unauthorised nightclub visit in between Euro 2013 qualifiers while with the France Under-21 squad.


Shawn Etemadi



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