Swansea City have completed the transfer of midfielder Joe Allen to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee.
The Welsh international finalised the move to Anfield this evening after indicating he would like a new challenge after being part of the Swans set up since the age of nine.
Swans chairman, Huw Jenkins, was disappointed to see the 22-year-old leave the Liberty Stadium, but wished the popular Allen good luck.
“It is with great reluctance that we have agreed to the transfer of Joe to Liverpool,’’ said Huw. “As chairman it is always a bitter disappointment when a young player who has been with us for a length of time decides his future lies elsewhere.
“We are very lucky at Swansea City that football decisions are taken without any financial pressure to sell. But that also makes some decisions even more disappointing when they happen like this.
“However, as always, we will deal with those disappointments in the right manner and we wish Joe all the very best from everyone at Swansea City. It’s been a pleasure watching him grow and develop as a footballer and a person, while his professionalism and commitment to the cause has never been in doubt from the very first day he joined us. The door will always be open for him here.
“Now, as we always do when a manager or player leaves us, we will re-focus and galvanise ourselves as a football club and make sure we continue to strengthen the squad ready for the start of the new Barclays Premier League season.’’
Liverpool boss, Brendan Rodgers, said: "I'm absolutely delighted that Joe has made the decision to come with us on this journey.
"Joe is a player whose profile will fit perfectly with the ideas of this group. His ability to control and dominate the ball is an important ingredient in our attempt to gain success on the field.
"Joe has had a fantastic education at Swansea City and will now begin the next chapter in his exciting career, and I wish him all the very best in what I'm sure will be a long and distinguished career here at Liverpool."
Allen issued his heart-felt thanks to the Swansea City faithful for their support over the last 13 years.
“Having come through the ranks and been part of Swansea City for so long I have built up a massive attachment to the club and the fans,’’ explained Allen.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at the club and will always be eternally grateful to the fans for the support they’ve shown me over the years.
“I’ve always been ambitious and while it is hard to leave a club I love, this is a fantastic challenge for me that I had to take. Having been with the club for so long, it’s a fresh and new challenge; a new chapter I needed to get started.
“I wouldn’t have changed my time at the club for the world and I’m proud to have been part of something that has been so exciting over the last few years. The club has been moving in the right direction and I’m sure it will continue to do so without me.
“I’m going to miss a lot of friends and family in Swansea, but I would like to wish the staff, players and supporters the very best for the future.’’
The local Narberth-born product made his league debut for the Swans in the final game of the 2006-07 season as a substitute against Blackpool, before going on to make 129 league appearances.
His impressive displays earned the Welsh speaker a call up to the recent GB Olympic team.
Swansea City would like to wish Joe Allen good luck with his new challenge.