Gylfi Sigurdsson sees bright future with Swansea City
2nd August 2016
Gylfi Sigurdsson is looking forward to a bright future at Swansea City after signing a new contract, insisting: "I am very happy here."
The 26-year-old today penned a four-year contract at the Liberty, which sees him commit to the Swans until June 2020.
Despite interest in the Icelandic star this summer, the Swans rejected approaches as they looked to hold onto a player who scored 11 league goals last season.
And Sigurdsson revealed the key reasons behind his decision to show his commitment to the Swans and sign a new deal.
"I am very happy. It's a place I like to live and play football in, so I'm very happy to have a new four-year contract," said Sigurdsson, who joined from Tottenham Hotspur in 2014.
"It says a lot about what the club think of me.
"The main reason is that I'm very happy playing football here. I feel very good and it's a great team with a great bunch of lads.
"With the training ground extension being finished at Fairwood and the facility in Landore, the club is moving in the right direction and it's something I want to be a part of.
"At the end of last season we were getting better and where we should be. We were winning games, which was a lot better than the first half of last year.
"We've been discussing the contract for a long period of time. It slowed down a little with the takeover, so it took longer than expected.
"We had the Euros as well, of course, so I was away for five or six weeks, so it's nice that it's finally done and I can concentrate on football and get ready for the season.
"I am looking forward to the next four years here."
Sigurdsson reported back for club duty on Monday after being given an extended break following his heroics at Euro 2016 with Iceland.
He scored once - against Hungary - as his nation reached the quarter-finals of the tournament in France.
But his attention is now fully on the Swans, and he's feeling optimistic ahead of the Premier League kicking off next week.
"It was nice to have some time off but it's time to get back into training," said Sigurdsson.
"The season is not far off so I'm looking forward to getting going and starting the season.
"The Euros was an amazing time and is something I'll remember forever. The experience of taking Iceland to the Euros and beating England, for example, was fantastic.
"Hopefully our boys involved in the Euros can take that into the season and start it well.
"I am looking forward to the new season."
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