Jonathan de Guzman wants to stay at Swansea City and will not be affected by speculation about his future
JONATHAN de Guzman insists he will not be affected by an uncertain future after repeating his desire to stay at Swansea City.
The Dutch midfielder sees his season-long loan from Villarreal expire in the summer, but wants to remain in South Wales.
He has been a revelation at the Liberty, shining during his first Premier League season.
The 25-year-old’s form caught the eye of Holland assistant Danny Blind and de Guzman won his first international cap against Italy in February before featuring in home World Cup qualifiers against Estonia and Romania.
After a season in which he was relegated from La Liga, that success has convinced de Guzman it is worth sticking around in SA1.
But that is not entirely his decision.
Swansea want to keep the Canadian-born playmaker who has scored eight times this season, however he still has two years to run on his contract in Spain.
“It would be good for me to say here,” said de Guzman.
“The Gaffer’s given me a good sign by agreeing to stay another year and I’ve made it clear I want to stay.
“But I have no clue what’s being talked about so it’s basically a waiting game for me.
“There are still seven games to go, seven tough games, so I’m just concentrating on them.”
Though de Guzman’s situation seems unsettling, it is one he is used to.
The Feyenoord youth product has moved three times in as many years.
In 2010 he switched from the Dutch giants to link up with Laudrup at Mallorca.
Twelve months later de Guzman was controversially sold to Villarreal, who allowed him to leave for Swansea a year later after a nightmare season in which they were relegated from the Spanish top flight.
“I’ve been in the same position for the last few years,” he said. “I’ve made it clear that I’d rather stay put somewhere for a while and I’d like to stay here.
“It’s not nice travelling so much every year, you don’t really get settled in
“I feel at home here.
“The reception from the fans on the pitch, with sold out stadiums, has been great so I don’t see myself wanting to leave the Premier League.”
Having joined Swansea to play regular football, de Guzman’s achievements have surpassed expectations this season.
Aside from winning international honours, he has been part of a Swansea side that lifted the Capital One Cup and are now pushing for a top ten Premier League finish.
Leaving all that behind would be a wrench.
“We all have disappointments in our careers,” he added.
“I’d rather stay here, but as a professional player, you have to make that switch and get back on track wherever you are.
“Villarreal are doing well right now, they have a pretty good chance of getting back into La Liga.
“It’s up to the club what they want to do, whether they want another loan or to keep me so it’s basically a waiting game.”