VIDEO: Jordi expects smooth transition
1st July 2013
New Swans signing Jordi Amat feels the style and Spanish influence at the Liberty will allow him to quickly settle into his new surroundings.
The centre-back swapped Spain for Swansea on Thursday after he completed a £2.5million move from La Liga club Espanyol.
The 21-year-old, who spent 12 years at Espanyol, comes into a squad with a strong contingent of his fellow countrymen.
Amat became the sixth Spaniard within Laudrup's squad following his arrival, with the likes of Angel Rangel, Chico Flores, Pablo Hernandez, Michu and fellow new signing Jose Canas already at the Liberty.
And he expects a smooth transition as he begins a new part of his career in SA1.
"I think I can settle into the club straight away, especially as we have Spanish players here already," said Amat, who has represented Spain at every age group between Under-16 and Under-21.
"I know Pablo Hernandez and Michu already, while Chico and Angel Rangel are very important players here. I also played against Jose Canas last season in La Liga, so I know a lot about him.
"But it's not just that, or the fact Michael Laudrup is manager, it is the way in which the club play.
"The style here is perfect for me - it is the way I play."
Amat will meet his new team-mates when they report for the first day of pre-season training on Tuesday.
The following day the squad head to Holland for a ten-day tour in which they will play four games as preparations get underway ahead of the Barclays Premier League and Europa League campaigns.
He added: "We are going to Holland for the pre-season tour, which is great for me as I was there last summer while on loan at Rayo Vallecano.
"My mother is Dutch too, so I'm sure I'll have good support out there."