Swansea City midfielder Ferrie Bodde was left angry after reading back the interview he had with Dutch football magazine, Voetbal International.
The interview suggested that his future with the Swans was uncertain. He wanted to play at a higher level and was looking for a return to his native Holland.
However, Swans fans will be happy to know that Ferrie Bodde is happy in South Wales, and told the Evening Post how some things were incorrect:
|‘I’m happy at Swansea,’ |
‘and I’m disappointed with the magazine because what they wrote and what I said to them were not the same.
‘When I gave the interview, I asked the reporter to send me an email of the piece so I could say what was correct and what wasn’t,’
‘I did that and told him a lot of things were wrong, but he didn’t change them.
‘When I read it I said ‘No, what’s this?’ and tried to ring him, but he didn’t answer.
‘I said to him when I read the email that I didn’t know how he thought I’d said certain things. He said he wanted to make it juicier.’
He also ruled out a chance of returning to his former club, Ado Den Haag. In the interview, he stated he wanted to return to Holland but says that will happen after his playing days are over, he added:
|‘They are in danger and I feel sad because it’s my club, where I was for 15 years before I came to Swansea,’ |
‘He asked me how I thought they could solve their problems, and I said they should make Martin Jol manager because he used to play for Den Haag and everybody loves him there.
‘I said I would go back there if he was manager, but that’s just something we say in Holland and it’s never going to happen anyway.
‘I would love to play for Martin Jol, I admit that, but he will not go there. I was just trying to make clear to the people at Den Haag that Martin Jol is the one for them.
‘It won’t happen, because he is too powerful and too many people at the club now would be afraid of losing their power.
‘What I want to make clear is that I’m happy in Swansea.’
‘My family comes first,’ he goes on, ‘because they are with you until you die and football is only a few years.
‘But there’s no problem at the moment.
‘When I finish football, I will go back to Holland because that’s where my life is.
‘If my family were not happy now and wanted to go back I would look at it, but they are happy.
‘Denny Landzaat just left Wigan for Feyenoord because Wigan was difficult for his child. That’s right, but we’re happy in Swansea.’
Ferrie Bodde had more things to point our that were wrongly reported. The magazine informed Bodde that Premiership clubs were showing an interest in him, but Ferrie himself knew nothing:
|‘The guy said he had heard clubs were in for me,’ Bodde says.|
‘I said ‘I hope so because that means I’m doing a good job’, but told him I’d heard nothing.’
‘We have a nice team, nice supporters and good staff and we’re winning most games,’ he adds.
‘I’m enjoying it here, there’s no doubt about that.’
He also wanted to set the record straight on the question asked about whether he would join a Dutch side next season, he added:
|‘He asked if I would go if a club in Holland wanted me next season,’ he says.|
‘I said if it’s a top club like Feyenoord, Ajax or PSV Eindhoven, I would be stupid to say no and I think the Swansea fans would understand that.
‘But he wrote that I would go to NAC or NEC, and I never even mentioned those clubs.’
Bodde also pointed out how he has just bought a house in Fforestfach and he added: ‘If I wasn’t going to stay, I wouldn’t have done that,’
It’s good to finally hear the actual thoughts of Ferrie Bodde.
I think we all understand and realise that the midfielder could play at a much higher level than he is now.
Bodde, along with every other player, has ambitions to play at the highest level possible and like the Trundle situation, the club wouldn’t stand in his way if he wanted to boost his career.
Bodde’s pure quality and no nonsense style in midfield has made a hugely popular figure amongst the fans and it’ll be extremely difficult to hold onto him next season. The same goes for a few other players such as Angel Rangel and goalkeeper Dorus De Vries.