Fede Bessone leaves Swansea City for Swindon Town
Fede Bessone bid farewell to Swansea today as he completed a transfer to Swindon Town.
The Argentinian-born left-back had his contract cancelled at the Liberty Stadium to allow the 28-year-old to join the League One side on a free transfer.
“I was very happy at Swansea,’’ admitted Bessone. “When I left two years ago it was very hard for me, but when I had the chance to come back I was so happy.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of being here and the people in Swansea have been so nice to me. They are lovely people.
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“I’ve not played many games since I came back, and that is the reason I am leaving. I am 28, and I need to be playing games.
“I have to say thank you to the supporters. Even in the two games I played they were singing my name – it makes me feel very proud. I’ve been in the UK for five years and in Swansea for four of them. This feels like my home.
“I must also say thank you to the lads. They are a magnificent bunch and I wish them the best for this season. Of course, I will be looking out for all the results as soon as my game is finished.
“It’s a strong league, but if the boys continue playing the way they are then Swansea supporters can dream of maybe a top six finish.’’
As for his move to promotion-chasing Swindon, Bessone added: “I spoke with manager Paulo di Canio on Wednesday and I was very impressed with what he had to say.
“Hopefully I can get some games at Swindon and help them get promotion. Paulo wants to play football and they have the same mentality as Swansea. I’m looking forward to it.’’
Bessone was born in Cordoba, the second-largest city in Argentina, but brought up in Spain from the age of nine.
Having come through the Barcelona youth ranks, he joined the Swans in June 2008 from Spanish Segunda Division side Gimnastic where he was on loan from Espanyol B.
He enjoyed two successful seasons at the Swans under former boss Roberto Martinez, making 36 appearances before joining Leeds United.
He featured six times for Leeds before joining Charlton Athletic on loan in January for the remainder of the 2010-11 campaign.
When he was eventually released from his contract at Elland Road, he made his return to South Wales on transfer deadline day on August 31, 2011.
He made one appearance in the Barclays Premier League last season, coming off the bench to replace the injured Neil Taylor during the home win over West Brom, plus the FA Cup tie at Bolton.
A spokesman for the Swans said:" Swansea City would like to wish Fede, a popular member of the squad and club, good luck with his new challenge."