Marc Guehi | Swansea City will forever be in my heart
Marc Guehi vowed Swansea City will “forever be in my heart” after seeing his second loan spell come to an end.
The centre-back, on loan from Chelsea, bid an emotional farewell at Wembley after his latest stint ended in heartache following a 2-0 defeat to Brentford in the Championship play-off final.
Guehi enjoyed a hugely impressive campaign in the heart of the Swans defence, and made 45 appearances in all competitions under Steve Cooper this term.
And he said the club, city and people of Swansea have made a lasting impression on him during his time in SA1.
“I've really enjoyed my time here. The fans and everyone at the club have really embraced me and taken me in as if I was family,” said the 20-year-old.
“It's been an amazing time I've spent here; Swansea City will forever be in my heart. I enjoyed every minute on the pitch, especially with the fans. I didn't get to play in front of them too much, but the times that I did I really enjoyed.
“I don't know what my future holds but I'll definitely keep my eyes on how Swansea are doing at all times and support them from afar.
“The fans have been great; everyone's really taken me under their wing and it's been amazing.”
An early Ivan Toney penalty and Emiliano Marcondes’ goal ensured the Bees sealed their place in the Premier League for the first time.
The Swans, who had Jay Fulton unfortunately sent off inside the last half hour, went closest through Andre Ayew’s header that struck the crossbar on the stroke of half-time.
But, ultimately, it ended in defeat and it proved a bitter ending for Guehi and co.
“I'm absolutely gutted, disappointed - any negative feeling that springs to mind. It's been such a long season with such drive, ambition and hard work from the lads; it's just a shame that we couldn't get over the line," he added.
“But I'm incredibly proud of everyone for coming this far and at least giving it a go in the final. We kept running and going again, so we showed pride.”