Gylfi's new deal is 'big thing' for Swans, says Huw
3rd August 2016
Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has expressed his delight at securing the signature of star man Gylfi Sigurdsson for another four years - and reiterated that new faces will follow ahead of the new Premier League campaign.
While admitting that it has been a frustrating summer so far in the transfer market, the Swans chairman was quick to reassure supporters that there will be more positives to come after the Sigurdsson boost.
"We are delighted to get Gylfi's signature on a new contract," explained Huw. "It's a big thing for the club because he is a very important player for us.
"It was a fairly quick and easy decision for everyone and shows how fully committed Gylfi is to the squad, the club and the fans.
"What came across more than anything during the discussions was how much he loves being part of what we've got here at Swansea City.
"With all the transfer speculation surrounding the club at the moment, it was a pleasure to discuss things with Gylfi and hear how important it was for him to have a settled and stable future with this football club."
Chairman on transfers
"It was always going to be the case after the Euros that a lot of the transfer business would be done later than normal,'' added Huw. "But we fully expect to make one or two additions in the next few days.
"We've worked hard in the summer to change things around for the forthcoming season. It was always going to be a process of getting players out first so that we were in a position to take advantage of the transfer window and bring new players in.
"We also had to bring the numbers down in the squad to give the young players at the club the chance to progress and be involved in the first team. Coupled with one or two more experienced additions, we will be close to assembling a squad that will be ready for another competitive season in the Premier League.
"We want a good, hungry squad of players that the manager is keen to work with.''
Chairman on speculation
"With the increased media coverage, especially the flood of speculation and stories on the internet, it is vital to try and keep the majority of our business behind closed doors wherever possible,'' explained Huw. "That's the way we have always worked and will continue to do so.
"The more of our work that remains confidential, then the better chance we have of protecting our on-going negotiations and getting transfers over the finishing line.
"The more leaks we have and stories in the media, then the more chance there is of alerting other clubs and the transfer falling through.''
Chairman on frustrating summer
"This pre-season has been difficult with the majority of European players returning late from the Euros and the timescale involved in the change of club ownership,'' added Huw.
"I think it's been a frustrating summer so far for everyone, but I can assure you that every person connected to this football club has been working non-stop to get the squad right in all areas to start the season.
"What I will say though is that the philosophy of this football club remains the same - to have a squad where everyone is committed and motivated to play for Swansea City.''
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