UPDATED 05:46 22nd July 2012 Chico Flores arrived at the Liberty in the summer of 2012 after Swansea paid Genoa £2million for his services. The defender, full name Jose Manuel Flores, played under former Swans boss Michael Laudrup while on loan at La Liga outfit Mallorca. The deal, which includes add-ons, saw Chico pen a three-year contract at the Liberty. Chico's career started as a youth player with hometown club Cádiz CF in 2005. He also spent loan spells at Racing Club Portuense and Barcelona B, helping the Catalans gain promotion to level three. The defender then signed with Cádiz neighbours Unión Deportiva Almería to help the club maintain its top flight status in La Liga after a 13th-place finish. Having made his debut for the Spanish Under-21 side, he signed a five-year contract for Genoa in Italy for €4 million in July 2010. A year later he agreed a one-year loan deal with RCD Mallorca where he teamed up with the current Swans boss, making 33 appearances. Chico enjoyed a fine debut season in English football, making 32 appearances in all competitions and scoring the opening goal in the Capital One Cup fourth round clash against Liverpool at Anfield. However, he missed the final after suffering an ankle injury against Queens Park Rangers that ruled him out for six weeks. After signing a new one-year contract extension in April 2013 the fans favourite went on to win the Best Newcomer of the Year trophy at the club's end of season awards night. During the 2013-14 campaign, Chico made 43 appearances in all competitions and scored vital goals in the 1-1 draws with Hull City and Stoke City.