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Friday 28 June 2013

Swansea snap up defender Jordi Amat

Centre-half signs four-year deal after completing a £2.5m transfer from Espanyol

  • Jordi Amat has signed a four-year contract with Swansea

  • Amat spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano

Swansea City have completed the £2.5m signing of defender Jordi Amat from Espanyol. The 21-year-old centre-half passed a medical on Friday morning after signing a four-year deal and is the second Spaniard to join Swansea this summer after Real Betis midfielder Jose Canas.

"I am very happy to join Swansea," Amat said. "One of my dreams has been to play in the Premier League, and I can do that here with Swansea. I am very grateful to the chairman and Michael Laudrup for giving me this opportunity and showing a lot of faith in me. My target now is to repay their faith and do everything I can to help the team.

"In Spain Swansea are very famous now"
Jordi Amat

“I watched Swansea last season – what the club achieved was incredible. To finish in the top half of the Premier League and win a trophy too is a massive achievement.  In Spain, Swansea are very famous now. They talk a lot about the club and how they have become a successful team in the Premier League with an attractive style of play.

“So to be a part of the team is a big moment for me. The club has a great set-up – the stadium is lovely and I know it’s full every game, and I can’t wait to run out in front of the supporters for the first time.” 

Amat had been at Espanyol for 12 years, making his first-team debut at the age of 17. He spent last season on loan at Rayo Vallecano, where he made 26 league starts to help them finish in eighth place in the table.

Amat will join the Swansea squad when they leave for a pre-season tour in the Netherlands on 3 July.

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Key Points

  • Jordi Amat signs four-year deal with Swansea City
  • The centre-half joins Michael Laudrup's side for £2.5m
  • Amat has spent his entire career with Espanyol