Date: 15th July 2008 at 1:00pm
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After months of speculation Ferrie Bodde has signed a new contract with Swansea City.

Subject to bids from Derby County of £500,000, £750,000 and £1.5 million the Dutch man also courted interest from West Bromwich Albion and Middlesbrough. The player has admitted that he made numerous mistakes this summer, at one point urging the club “to be fair” and allow him to move to Derby County. Roberto Martinez chose not to fine the Dutchman but severely reprimanded him for his comments made to Sky Sports.

Apologising to Swansea City fans the midfielder has back tracked on his initial statements and has declared deep down he did not want to leave the club for a lucrative big money move to Pride Park. Bodde has also reaffirmed his commitment to the club by signings a new deal with the club the former ADO Den Haag player has revealed that his young family were the prime reason for a move away from the Liberty Stadium.

Bodde’s Full Statement:

“It’s been a long nine weeks and my head has been all over the place,” admitted Bodde. “Yes, I’ve made mistakes along the way and I’d like to apologise to the Swans fans for all the uncertainty. I had my head turned by outside parties offering me the world and telling me that Derby was a bigger club because of their Premiership status last season. I was mixed up and thought Derby was a step forward. But having spent a long time thinking about it and meeting up with the squad again, I realise that ‘bigger’ isn’t always ‘better’. I love the club and I realise now that Swansea can be as big as it wants to be. The foundation is in place and there’s a bright future ahead. Deep down I never wanted to leave Swansea because it’s the club that gave me my chance in British football and the fans welcomed me and my family with open arms; but like I said, I had my head turned for a few weeks. Some of my quotes in the media were also taken out of context. They would be picked up in the Dutch media and by the time they were translated into English over here I was being misinterpreted. I’m not a fake and I’m loyal. I wouldn’t have stayed at ADO Den Haag for 14 years otherwise, would I? My children haven’t settled here,” he admitted. They are young and they’ve missed their friends, family and their country. Any parent will tell you how difficult it is when your children are not happy. Your children come first at the end of the day. The fans have been brilliant to me over the last 12 months and I want to repay them. I haven’t been myself over the last nine weeks and I just want the chance to win them back. I will be concentrating on my football from now on and doing all my talking on the pitch.”



Swansea City fans will get their first chance to see the new boys in action as they face Neath Athletic tomorrow evening at the Gnoll.