Date: 29th June 2009 at 5:04pm
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Paulo Sousa has criticised Ferrie Bodde after he ignored his request to attend today’s training session.

The midfielder is at home in Holland recovering from a long-term knee injury and while he wasn’t expected to return for today’s training session, manager Paulo Sousa asked him to.

The new Swansea boss has criticised the Dutchman for his lack of respect, he told BBC Sport:

‘Ferrie’s a great player but needs to be a better professional,’

‘He [needs] to have more respect for his colleagues, for the club, for myself and especially for himself as a player and as a professional.’

‘We want to see how [Bodde’s] knee is after the operation, to integrate him into our squad,’

‘We believe Ferrie can play a high standard and we want him playing for us.

‘I would welcome him back to be part of our squad, he’s a talented player who can get us our results.

‘We want everyone happy and committed at the club… if you don’t have it you try to find a solution.’


Huw Jenkins told the press recently that Ferrie Bodde wants to leave the club to play at a higher level. Bolton are the only club to have made an official offer, but their £2.5m bid is way off the mark.

The Swans are looking to get around double that figure but it’s unlikely a club will spend that much on a player who hasn’t kicked a ball since November 2008.

He has caught the eye of a number of Premiership sides and no doubt former boss Roberto Martinez is keen to sign Bodde at Wigan Athletic.

Bodde has shown a complete lack of respect for Swansea City Football Club and regardless or whether or not he wants to leave, he should still commit himself to the club who brought him into a successful career in the English League two years ago.

He’s proved to be one of our best signings in recent years but his recent attitude will no doubt anger a lot of fans.

When the BBC asked Bodde about his future, he simply replied: ‘No comment.’



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