Swedish goalkeeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt's busy start at Swansea City
17th July 2015
After a hectic summer, Kristoffer Nordfeldt is finally getting a chance to settle down.
The Swedish international keeper switched clubs and countries in June, sealing his move from Dutch side SC Heerenveen to the Swans on his 26th birthday.
Days later he tied the knot back in Sweden, with further good news following as the couple are expecting their first child in November.
Having barely had time to look around his new surroundings, Nordfeldt now finds himself in Germany with the Swans squad as Garry Monk's side step up preparations for the new season.
"It's been quite a busy start to life at Swansea," he said with a smile. "I came to Swansea to meet the gaffer and do the medical, and a day later I signed for the club on my birthday.
"A couple of days later I got married to my wife, and then we had the great news that we are expecting our first child in November.
"I've also had to adapt to my new club and get used to everything, and now we're here in Grassau preparing for the new season.
"We have more time with the boys out here and it strengthens the bond within the team.
"Everyone has been very caring and welcoming to me and the fellow new players. It's an easy group to fit into. It's been a smooth transition.
With the smooth transition into the squad, Nordfeldt admits training has been an eye-opener.
Working closely with Head Goalkeeping Coach Tony Roberts - who also joined the Swans this summer - and Lukasz Fabianski, Nordfeldt is enjoying the new challenge.
"Training has been tougher than what I'm used to," said Nordfeldt. "In the past I've had an easier start and then build it up, but here it's 100 per cent effort from day one. It's a new experience but I've got used to it and I'm improving day by day.
"I like to improve on everything, and when I get totally comfortable with the sessions that Tony sets us all the pieces will fall into place.
"The goalkeeping unit is very strong. I know I have great competition with Lukasz. He's a fantastic keeper and also a really nice guy off the pitch. We work well together with Tony.
"I am trying my best and then it's up to the manager to make a decision."
Nordfeldt made his first Swans appearance on Wednesday night, coming off the bench in the 60th minute in the 1-1 draw with Borussia Monchengladbach.
He is expected to make his first start in Swansea colours on Saturday as Monk's side face 1860 Munich in the final game of the tour of Germany.
It will hand Nordfeldt an opportunity to show his quality ahead of the new campaign.
"It was nice to make my debut," he added. "It was quite an easy game for me because I didn't have much to deal with, but I had to communicate with my team-mates and remain focused.
"I like to talk a lot on the pitch to help the guys in front of me. From where I stand, I can see clearly where the runs are coming from and how we can stop them.
"I will hopefully make my first start for Swansea on Saturday."
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