Swansea's Wayne Routledge celebrates with teammates after scoring their first goal
Swansea City’s chairman Huw Jenkins has expressed his delight at Icelandic midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson’s decision to sign a new four-year contract. It comes as welcome news considering the mass exits that Swansea have had to deal with recently.
Speaking with Swansea City’s official website, Jenkins said: “It’s a big thing for the club because he is a very important player for us.”
“It was a fairly quick and easy decision for everyone and shows how fully committed Gylfi is to the squad, the club and the fans”.
The goals Sigurdsson scored last season were vital in the Swans’ escape from relegation with the Icelandic International scoring 11 and assisting three times.
This comes in the wake of a furore of transfer speculation surrounding club captain Ashley Williams. The centre-back has been a stalwart for the Welsh side since they won promotion to the Premier League in 2011. He was also a vital part of the Welsh side that defied belief and reached the European Championships semi-final, before losing to eventual champions Portugal.
However, Sky Sports have since reported that Swansea have rejected Everton’s £10 million bid. While Everton may come back with an improved bid, Swansea's decision to reject the initial bid shows they will not jump at the first offer.
Swansea's Andre Ayew in action with Wolverhampton Wanderers' Niall Ennis
Jenkins continued when asked about transfers by saying: “We fully expect to make one or two additions in the next few days…it was always going to be a process of getting players out first so that we were in a position to take advantage of the transfer window and bring new players in”.
This will be music to Swansea City fans' ears. With the Welsh side still looking to grow, they must replace the players that leave with equally skilled or better individuals. With the likes of Sigurdsson signing a new contract and a bid for Ashley Williams rejected, it shows the fans that Swansea are not in the business of just selling on their best players.
Jenkins finished with a very promising statement saying: “What I will say though is that the philosophy of this football club remains the same – to have a squad where everyone is committed and motivated to play for Swansea City”.
These are the exact words every Swansea City fan will want to hear. There are too many players that see a side like Swansea as a stepping stone to a bigger club and this is an idea that the Swans must dispel.
They have been a mid-table Premier League side since 2011 and, bar last season, they have been relatively safe from relegation. With their best players seemingly set to stay at the club, now is Swansea’s chance to build a strong squad that can become a Premier League fixture for years to come.