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Bodde opts to stay with Swansea

Ferrie Bodde
Swansea signed Bodde from Dutch club Den Haag

Ferrie Bodde has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract to stay with Swansea City.

The 26-year-old Dutch midfielder had been linked with a move to Derby County, with Middlesbrough and Reading also thought to be interested parties.

But Bodde, who had two years of his initial contract left to run, has signed a new "long-term" Swansea deal.

"I was mixed up and thought Derby was a step forward," Bodde told the Swansea website.

"I had my head turned by outside parties offering me the world and telling me that Derby was a bigger club because of their Premiership status last season.

606: DEBATE

"But having spent a long time thinking about it and meeting up with the squad again, I realise that bigger isn't always better.

"It's been a long nine weeks and my head has been all over the place.

"Yes, I've made mistakes along the way and I'd like to apologise to the Swans fans for all the uncertainty.

"Some of my quotes in the media were also taken out of context. They would be picked up in the Dutch media and by the time they were translated into English over here I was being misinterpreted.

"I'm not a fake and I am loyal. I wouldn't have stayed at ADO Den Haag for 14 years otherwise, would I?''

"I love the club and I realise now that Swansea can be as big as it wants to be. The foundation is in place and there's a bright future ahead."

Bodde was a key part of the Swansea midfield that won promotion to the Championship last season, having arrived at the Liberty Stadium the previous year from Dutch side ADO Den Haag.

The midfielder was signed for 80,000 but such was his impact in League One that only a bid in the region of 2m may have come close to persuading Swansea to let him go.




see also
Derby end chase for Swans' Bodde
07 Jun 08 |  Swansea
Bodde hands in transfer request
02 Jun 08 |  Swansea
BBC Sport Wales coverage
24 Dec 06 |  Wales


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