Magic Michu signs new deal

23rd January 2013

Swans sensation Michu has given the club a timely boost ahead of tonight's Capital One Cup semi-final against Chelsea by signing a new four-year contract.

The Spaniard, who can play as an attacking midfielder or centre-forward, has taken the Barclays Premier League by storm since his summer switch from Rayo Vallecano by grabbing 16 goals from 28 appearances.

The 26-year-old had no hesitation in putting pen to paper on a one-year extension that will keep him at the Liberty Stadium until 2016.

"It was an easy decision for me,'' declared Michu. "I am living a dream here at Swansea.

"I'm probably enjoying my football more than ever. It's easy to play with this team and tonight I have the chance to reach the first final of my career.

"I'm really happy here in the city with the people, the club and the fans. Everyone has been so nice to me since I arrived.

"I think the club are happy with me because they have given me a new contract. I am certainly happy with the club.''

Michu became Michael Laudrup's third signing when he joined from Rayo Vallecano for £2.2million in July.

He began his career with local club Real Oviedo in the lower leagues, before moving to Celta de Vigo B in Segunda División B in 2007.

His contract with Celta expired in June 2011 and he signed a two-year deal with Rayo Vallecano, who were newly promoted to the top division of La Liga, where he scored 15 league goals and two in the cup last season.

He has maintained that superb form with the Swans, with the fans' favourite already being labelled the bargain of the season by many pundits.

While questions have also been asked if the Swans can hold on to such a talent, Michu was quick to reiterate: "I'm happy here.

"I've read and listened to all the speculation, but it doesn't interest me, and that's why I've signed a new contract.
"I'm enjoying myself too much because the team always tries to play football. All I think about is the next game and helping Swansea be successful. This is my life.''

* Meanwhile, defender Alan Tate has returned from his loan spell at Championship side Leeds United.