12:22 19th April 2013
. . . Michel puts the record straight after recent transfer rumours
Michel Vorm has laughed off recent reports linking him with a move away from Swansea City, insisting: “I’m very happy here.”
A Dutch publication this week released quotes from Vorm suggesting he would like to play again under former boss Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool, while the footballing rumour mill has also linked him with a trip to Spanish giants Barcelona following Vorm’s recent short break to the city.
But the Dutch international has been quick to deny he wants to leave the Liberty, assuring the Jack Army he is looking forward to being part of Michael Laudrup’s plans for next season.
“The comments that came out of the interview from the Dutch press have been lost in translation,” he said. “They asked me about Brendan, and I said I enjoyed working under him. Of course I did, he was the man that brought me here and we had a successful season.
“But I did not say I wanted to go to Liverpool or anywhere else – I am very happy here at Swansea. Not once have I told my agent or the Chairman Huw Jenkins that I want to leave here.
“And the Barcelona story was a shock to me. It’s quite funny when I think about it, because I had a couple of days free so I wanted to fly somewhere close and sunny, so my family went to Barcelona.
“I had a great time with my wife and my two kids. We went to Barcelona Zoo, but I can tell you we were not buying souvenirs at the Camp Nou,” he joked.
A hugely popular figure at the club, Vorm has made a huge impact at the Liberty following his bargain £1.5million move from Utrecht in 2011.
Having earned the nickname of “Penalty Killer”, the 29-year-old signed a new deal last September that will keep him at SA1 until the summer of 2016.
And he’s looking forward to playing his part as the Capital One Cup winners continue their Barclays Premier League adventure next season along with competing in the Europa League.
“This season has been incredible for us,” added Vorm. “We are doing so well in the league and, of course, we won the Capital One Cup which means we are playing in Europe next season.
“I’ve played European football before and it will be great for everyone at this club – the players, staff, directors, supporters and also the city of Swansea.
“Everyone is looking forward to being a part of that adventure – myself included – but first of all we must ensure that we finish this season strongly.
“A lot of good, hard work has been put in by us all, so we can’t let our season fizzle out.
“Saturday’s game with Southampton will be tough, but I think with the Jack Army really singing their hearts out we can get a good result.
“That will put us back on track as we look to reach 50 points.”