Bony: "This is my garden"

1st September 2017
First team

Wilfried Bony is looking to create more special Swansea City memories as he aims to repay the Jack Army for their constant support in his career.

The Ivory Coast international is back at the Liberty for a second stint after agreeing a two-year deal, with the option of a third, following his move from Manchester City.

Bony proved a huge hit with Swans supporters by scoring 34 goals in 70 appearances before his £28million switch to the Etihad Stadium in January 2015.

On his return to his former club four months later, Bony found the net five minutes after being introduced from the bench in a 4-2 defeat for the Swans. His goal was applauded by the Jack Army, and Bony has never forgotten that fantastic gesture.

“It is emotional for me to play in front of the fans again,” said the 28-year-old.

“I remember the game when I scored against Swansea for Manchester City at the Liberty. The Swansea supporters applauded me, even though I scored for the opposition.

“I came off the bench and I told Ashley Williams that I would score if I get a chance. He asked why, and I told him 'this is my garden.'

“The fans were very good to me, and I can’t wait to be back with them again.

“I always watched the Swansea news all the time on the internet and the games they played. The club was always a part of me.

“We had some enjoyable moments together – now those moments are happening again.”

Now glad to be part of the Swansea set up once again, Bony admitted his family’s reaction to the opportunity of heading back to the city helped make his mind up.

He added: “When I spoke to my family, they said ‘yes, you have options, but go to Swansea. Don’t think about anything else – go to Swansea.’

“My family love it here. I was happy here too, and I will be happy again.”