Wednesday 11 July 2012
Swansea City have completed the signing of Spanish defender Jose Manuel Flores from Italian club Genoa and agreed a year-long loan deal for Villarreal midfielder Jonathan De Guzman.
The 25-year-old Flores has moved to the Liberty Stadium for an initial fee of £2m and has signed a three-year contract to play for the Barclays Premier League side.
"I'm very happy to be here,'' Flores told Swansea's official website. "I know I am joining a club that has been growing over the last few years and is still ambitious to go even higher.
"It's a dream come true to play in the Premier League... I'm really looking forward to it"
- Jose Manuel Flores
"Having played in La Liga (Spain) and Serie A (Italy), two great leagues, it's a dream come true to play in the Premier League, one of the best, if not the best, in the world."
Flores links up once more with Swans manager Michael Laudrup, who was his boss during a loan spell at Real Mallorca last campaign.
"The manager was one of the main reasons I signed," added Flores. "He knows me as a person and a player, so I was honoured when the call came.
"I believe the manager will be good for Swansea and they have done extremely well to get him. Swansea's way of playing is the same style as he wants to play the game. He is the right person to take this club forward.
"Being brought up in Spain, I have the same culture of possession and passing football. I like to play from the back, come forward with the ball, and add to the possession game.
"I'm really looking forward to it. I have been studying Swansea on the internet and I know I am joining a club with passionate supporters who are very close to the players."
Flores's career started at hometown club Cadiz and he then spent two years with Almeria before moving to Genoa in 2010.
He spent the whole of the 2010/11 campaign on loan at Mallorca, playing 33 times as they finished eighth, and he has also been capped at Under-21 level for Spain.
De Guzman, a Netherlands Under-21 international born in Canada, also played under Laudrup at Mallorca.
"Once the opportunity came along to join Swansea and Michael Laudrup it was a done deal," said the Ontario-born 24-year-old. "I didn't have to think twice about it."
De Guzman, who joined Villarreal from Mallorca in August 2011 for a fee believed to be in the region of £7m, moved to the Netherlands as a youngster before joining Feyenoord's youth academy and playing over 100 games for the Eredivisie club.
He opted to represent the Netherlands after he gained Dutch citizenship in 2008.