Thursday 04 July 2013
Jonjo Shelvey has said that the prospect of playing for Michael Laudrup proved a major factor in his decision to move from Liverpool to Swansea City on Wednesday.
"Laudrup was one of the world’s best players. I want to learn under him and, hopefully, he can develop me into a top player"
The 21-year-old put pen to paper on his £5m transfer after agreeing a four-year deal with the Swans and confessed that while it was difficult to depart a club of Liverpool’s stature, the thought of developing his game under the tutelage of “one of the world’s best players” proved too great a temptation to resist.
“When someone like Michael comes in for you, then you can’t really say no,” Shelvey told the club’s website. “I spoke to him this morning and I liked what he had to say. Fingers crossed, it will all click on the pitch. He was one of the world’s best players – he has experience of playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid – so, hopefully, I can get some games under him and progress well. I want to learn under him and, hopefully, he can develop me into a top player.
“It’s been a mad rush, but it’s good to get all the paperwork signed. I just want to get onto the field now and show what I can do. I just want to enjoy my football, get as many games under my belt as possible and hopefully win something with Swansea.”
Shelvey spent two years at Charlton Athletic before signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2010. He made a total of 47 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Reds, scoring two goals, and also spent time on loan at Blackpool.
The Romford-born player featured for the England Under-21 side in the European Championships this summer while he made his senior England debut in the FIFA World Cup qualifying victory over San Marino last October.
Crystal Palace manager Ian Holloway is confident Dwight Gayle can make a big impact in the Barclays Premier League after signing the striker from Peterborough United.
The 22-year-old has signed a four-year deal after moving from the League One club for an undisclosed fee.
"I'm absolutely delighted," Holloway told the club's website. "It makes a huge statement for us and it proves that I don’t care where I get my people from. It’s about how good you’re going to be, not just how good you are already.
"To be playing in the Premier League from where I’ve come from is a big achievement"
"This fella has got Crystal Palace stamped all over him – the way he moves, the way he chases, the way he works. He’s hungry for success and I’m absolutely thrilled that after long conversations we’ve come up with, I think, a proper Palace player.
"He's got an opportunity now to go and enjoy his football and I think he'll score goals at Premier League level. He’s born to score goals."
Gayle, who is Palace's second signing of the summer following Stephen Dobbie's arrival on Tuesday, scored 13 goals in 29 matches for Peterborough but could not prevent the club being relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season.
He started out in the Arsenal youth set-up before joining Dagenham & Redbridge as a trainee. Gayle turned professional last year and signed for Peterborough in November.
"I'm ecstatic really; I just want to get pre-season started now," he said. "The chance came and I had to grab it because I might not get another chance. To be playing in the Premier League from where I’ve come from is a big achievement really.
"I'm just really looking forward to it and hopefully I can take the opportunity with both hands and do well."