Swansea City manager Garry Monk says he’s keen to keep Jonathan de Guzman at the Liberty Stadium, and says he can help him to improve the defensive side of his game.
The former player-turned-manager has been honest in his assessment of the Dutch midfielder who has spent the last two seasons on loan with the Swans. Monk wants to keep him, and the player has also shown desire to stay.
The 26 year-old may have been named in Holland’s World Cup preliminary squad, but he has struggled to nail down a regular first team place in South Wales.
It’s been difficult finding de Guzman’s ideal midfield role. Monk admits that defensively he needs to improve, while other players like Pablo Hernandez have proved to offer more of a threat in an attacking midfield role.
Monk has often used de Guzman in a wider position, and from there he has been able to offer a threat when moving inside. He scored two goals in the 3-0 home win against Norwich City but other than the goal he scored against Crystal Palace, his previous league goal before that was way back in October 2013 against Sunderland.
‘Jono is player I like,’
‘He has been very good and he is very settled here.
‘He is a good player, and I just feel he needs someone who can help him to improve.
‘I think on the football side of things he is very, very good. But I have spoken to him and I will be open with him, on the defensive side, things need to improve.
‘He wants to do that which is good and I think I can help him with that. He’s a player that I would like to have.’
de Guzman meanwhile has also said that he’d like to stay on at Swansea City:
‘I’d like to stay. I’m happy here,’
‘I had a good chat with Garry, he knows how I feel about Swansea and my situation here.
‘I have two more years left at Villarreal and now it’s negotiation time. Hopefully that will happen sooner rather than later.’
It’s not known yet whether the Swans will look for a third season-long loan, or prefer to try and sign him permanently, but de Guzman still has two years left on his contract at Villareal.
de Guzman added:
‘It’s not my choice whether it’s a loan or a permanent deal,’
‘There are a lot of people involved ? Villarreal and Swansea as well.
‘I’ve found a home here and it feels good,’ he acknowledges.
‘The people have been great to me in the city itself. It’s a warm place to be.’
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