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PABLO HERNANDEZ
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UPDATED 10:40 6th September 2012


Swansea City completed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo Hernandez for a club record fee of £5.55m on transfer deadline day in August 2012.
He signed a three-year contract at the Liberty in a deal that surpassed the previous transfer record for Ki Sung-Yueng by £55,000.
A product of the Youth system at Valencia, Hernandez made his senior debut in the final match of the 2006-07 season.
He spent the following campaign on loan at second-tier club Cadiz, scoring four league goals in 22 league appearances.
He then transferred to Getafe to work under Michael Laudrup as part of the deal that took defender Alexis to the Mestalla, and he helped his new club to the Spanish Cup final where, coincidentally, they lost to Valencia.
But the winger returned to his former club a year later for one million Euros on a six-year contract.
He earned a regular spot in the starting XI in 2009, despite competition from Spanish international Joaquin, and his performances that year earned him a first cap for Spain as they finished third in the Confederations Cup.
Hernandez has plenty of experience of playing against English opposition - he featured in the Champions League group matches against Manchester United in 2010-11 and Chelsea in the same competition last season before Valencia dropped into the Europa League where they beat Stoke City.
In 2011-12, he made 40 appearances in all competitions, scoring five times, as he helped Valencia to third spot in La Liga which ensured qualification for the Champions League.
Hernandez made his Swans debut in a 2-0 defeat against Aston Villa in September 2012, scoring his first goal against Wigan in October.
Despite a couple of injury setbacks, he showed what a talent he is after making 36 appearances and scoring four goals.
And the Spaniard showed his class once again in 2013-14, scoring some important goals as the Swans secured a 12th-place finish in the Premier League.

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