Kristoffer Nordfeldt pens new Swans deal
23rd August 2016
Kristoffer Nordfeldt is hoping to celebrate with victory at Peterborough United tonight after signing a new four-year Swansea City contract.
Nordfeldt may soon be heading out of the Liberty Stadium on loan despite putting pen to paper on a deal which ties him to the Swans until the summer of 2020.
But the Swedish international is set to play this evening as Francesco Guidolin's men take on League One opposition in the EFL Cup.
Nordfeldt has made only four appearances since joining the Swans from Heerenveen last summer having found himself acting as back-up to Lukasz Fabianski.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old has done enough to convince the Swans hierarchy that he is worth the fresh contract.
Nordfeldt, who had two years to run on his original Swans deal, could now leave on loan as he continues his bid to become first choice in SA1.
"I am happy to have signed," Nordfeldt said. "To be fair I didn't play that much last year and for the club to give me this deal shows a big commitment.
"I am happy with the confidence the club have shown in me and I hope I can pay it back.
"Everybody knows the situation with Lukasz at the moment - he is doing well.
"It has been tough for me, but I will keep fighting and pushing to get the spot and hopefully that motivates him to keep sharp as well."
Nordfeldt has had to readjust since joining the Swans having spent the last eight years playing regular football, first in his homeland for Brommapojkarna and then in Holland for Heerenveen.
And though he feels his game has progressed following his move to the Liberty, Nordfeldt is interested in the idea of going out on loan - if the right opportunity present itself.
"I have discussed that with the club," he added. "We will see what happens. I might go on loan or might not, I am not sure. It depends what happens at the end of this window. If the right club comes now, maybe I will go now. If not, maybe I will wait until January.
"I am not in a rush to get away. It's about making the right decision and waiting to find the right club to play for.
"I knew it was a big step coming from Holland to the Premier League because there is a massive difference in quality and in the tempo of the game.
"I needed some time to adapt, but also I think I need to keep playing to keep developing and I think the club agree with me on that point.
"They are not only looking short term but long term as well, and they understand I need to keep developing if, sooner or later, I am going to be ready to be No. 1 at Swansea."
Guidolin has revealed that though he is keen to progress in the EFL Cup, he will make a number of changes at Peterborough.
The Swans boss, whose team go to Leicester City on Saturday, is keen to see some of the players who have not had an opportunity so far this season in action.
Nordfeldt is hungry to help his team progress - but anticipates a stern test at Peterborough's ABAX Stadium.
"We went out early in the cups last year which was not something we were happy about, not only me but some of the other guys who were not playing," he said.
"I think we have a stronger squad than last year and hopefully we can go a bit further in both cups.
"If you look back, winning this cup (in 2013) is maybe the biggest achievement the club have ever had apart from reaching the Premier League.
"It means a great deal to the club and personally I look forward to getting some game-time.
"We got knocked out by Oxford in the FA Cup last year so we know how difficult these games can be. I am not saying it is the game of the year for them, but it will be important for them and we need to be ready and sharp."
Please note, Swans fans can pay admission at the gate at Peterborough.
Match day prices - £20 adults; £10 60+ and 18-21s; £5 U18s
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