Sound advice helped Federico Fernandez seal Swansea City move
20th August 2014
Federico Fernandez revealed he made his dream move to the Barclays Premier League after recommendations from some past and present Swansea City stars.
The Argentine international today swapped Serie A for Swansea after completing his move from Italian side Napoli, subject to international clearance.
Fernandez, who made four appearances for Argentina as they reached the World Cup final in Brazil, spoke to Michu - on loan at Napoli - along with Jordi Amat and former Swan loanee Alvaro Vazquez before putting pen to paper on a four-year deal.
And the centre-back revealed his delight in becoming a member of Garry Monk's squad.
"It has always been my dream to play in the Premier League - it is the best in the world - and I'm grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity," said the 25-year-old.
"I asked Michu and Jordi Amat about the club. I obviously trained with Michu at Napoli and while I was on loan at Getafe (in 2013) I played with Alvaro Vazquez. He is very good friends with Jordi, so I've spoken to them too.
"Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All I've heard are good things about Swansea."
Fernandez was a key part of a Napoli side which finished third in Serie A while they also lifted the Coppa Italia.
And though he missed out on facing the Swans during the two-legged last 32 Europa League ties last season, Monk's side made a big impression on him.
"I saw a team that holds the ball and plays very good football. It caught my attention," said Fernandez of the Swans.
"I can identify myself with the Swansea style - I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too.
"And I was impressed again last weekend with the team's performance and result against Manchester United.
"It was a very intelligent performance - the team really took its opportunities and it was a fantastic start to the season.
"I just can't wait to start training and playing games."
Fernandez, who will wear squad number 33, is hoping to make his debut in Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixture against Burnley at the Liberty.
And, having made a big impression at Napoli, he now sets out to become a bit hit with Swans supporters.
"I felt real support from the fans at Napoli so I wanted to thank them for that and I did that via a message on Twitter," added Fernandez.
"And I now want to thank the Swansea supporters for their very warm messages too. I will do my best on and off the pitch for them."