Gylfi Sigurdsson admits it was an easy decision to make Swansea City return
23rd July 2014
Gylfi Sigurdsson revealed it was an "easy decision" to return to Swansea City, declaring: "It's good to be back."
The Icelandic international returned to the Liberty Stadium for the second time after signing a four-year deal following his switch from Tottenham Hotspur.
Sigurdsson spent a successful loan spell in South Wales during the Swans' first Barclays Premier League campaign, scoring seven goals in 18 top-flight appearances in the 2011-12 season.
He becomes the fourth signing of the summer, following the likes of Bafetimbi Gomis, Marvin Emnes and Stephen Kingsley in joining Garry Monk's squad.
And the midfielder expressed his delight at completing his return to a club where he shares fond memories.
"It's fantastic for me. I really enjoyed the last time I was here, so it's good to be back," said Sigurdsson, who won a Player of the Month award during his first stint with the Swans.
"I was here for four months and I have a lot of good memories. Hopefully this time it will be even better.
"I really enjoyed my time at Spurs. It was tough leaving a club that I've enjoyed playing for over the last few years, but as soon as Swansea came in it was an easy decision to make."
Sigurdsson will meet up with some familiar faces as he takes in his first training session officially as a Swansea City player on Thursday.
He played alongside the likes of Angel Rangel, Ashley Williams, Neil Taylor, Leon Britton, Wayne Routledge and Nathan Dyer, to name a few, during his last stint in SA1.
And the 24-year-old, nicknamed the Ice Man, feels it will be an easy transition as he settles into life as a Swan once again.
"The squad has changed a bit with new players, but the core is still here and I know a lot of the staff and, of course, the manager as I played with him while I was here last time," he added.
"It's not as if I'm joining a new team. I'm coming back after two years away.
"The club has really grown on and off the pitch. There's a new training ground here for the first team and the academy.
"It was fantastic to see the club win the cup and go into the Europa League.
"The club has continued to progress and hopefully in the next few years we will get even bigger."
In his previous spell at the Liberty, Sigurdsson's seven goals helped the Swans end their first Premier League campaign with an 11th-place finish.
And he's looking for a similar goal return as the club prepares for its fourth consecutive Premier League season.
"I want to at least match the tally I scored the last time I was on loan, but first and foremost it's about the team," added Sigurdsson.
"The main target is to stay in the league and push on and get back into the Europa League. Those are the goals I want to achieve.
"But first I must concentrate on pre-season. I missed Tottenham's friendly in Seattle because I was meant to fly back here, so I haven't actually played in pre-season yet.
"I'm looking forward to getting back into training with Swansea and getting a few games under my belt before the season starts."
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