22:54 3rd July 2013
. . . new signing Jonjo can't wait to get started
England international Jonjo Shelvey revealed the influences of both his former and new manager were the key reasons behind his decision to join Swansea City.
The midfielder swapped Liverpool for the Liberty on Wednesday afternoon after penning a four-year deal with the Capital One Cup holders.
The Swans agreed a fee of £5million for the 21-year-old, which could rise with potential add-ons.
And he insisted he opted to head to South West Wales due to a glowing reference from Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers – who spent two years in charge at the Swans – along with the opportunity to develop under new manager Michael Laudrup.
“Leaving a club like Liverpool is a very hard decision to make, but coming to Swansea, who play similar football which Brendan and managers before him installed here, is an attraction,” said Shelvey.
“When someone like Michael comes in for you, then you can’t really say no. I spoke to him this morning and I liked what he had to say. Fingers crossed, it will all click on the pitch.
“He was one of the world’s best players – he has experience of playing for Barcelona and Real Madrid, so hopefully I can get some games under him and progress well. I want to learn under him and hopefully he can develop me into a top player.
“It’s been a mad rush, but it’s good to get all the paperwork signed. I just want to get onto the field now and show what I can do.”
Shelvey will join up with his new Swans team-mates tomorrow when he flies out to the team’s base in The Hague for the four-game tour of Holland.
He is no stranger to the Swans, having played against them in the Championship for Charlton along with the Barclays Premier League and Capital One Cup encounters during his time at Anfield.
Shelvey, who was at Arsenal and West Ham during his Youth days, won his first England cap last October in a World Cup qualifier against San Marino and made 32 appearances in all competitions under Rodgers as Liverpool finished the league campaign in seventh place.
But he feels the opportunity of playing for the Swans will give him the best chance of maintaining his progress on the pitch.
“Brendan said he wouldn’t let me go to a club that wasn’t right for me. He said Swansea are perfect for me with the way I play,” said Shelvey, who scored four goals in ten Europa League games for Liverpool last term.
“He couldn’t guarantee me the first-team football at Liverpool, and he said if I could get the game-time at Swansea then I should definitely go.
“I could have stayed at Liverpool and fight for my place because they didn’t want to get rid of me, but I felt, in the end, I needed to come and make a name for myself. Rather than sit on the bench every week at Liverpool, I need to come and play football and get myself to the status that I once had.
“Moving here will help me in terms of the way the manager wants to play. Obviously having worked under Brendan that will stand me in good stead.
“I just want to enjoy my football, get as many games under my belt as possible and hopefully win something with Swansea.”