It's Chico time for Swansea

Michael Laudrup has made his first signing as Swansea boss with the capture of Jose Manuel Flores from Genoa.

Last Updated: 10/07/12 at 11:49 Post Comment

Jose Manuel Flores: Recruited by Swansea

Jose Manuel Flores: Recruited by Swansea

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Michael Laudrup made his first signing as Swansea manager with the capture of centre-half Jose Manuel Flores from Genoa for an initial fee of £2million.

The 25-year-old, better known as Chico, completed his medical and has put pen to paper on a three-year contract, subject to international clearance.

"I am very happy to be here," Flores told the Swansea website.

"I know I am joining a club that has been growing over the last few years and is still ambitious to go even higher."

Flores added: "Having played in La Liga and Serie A, two great leagues, it's a dream come true to play in the Premier League, one of the best, if not the best, in the world."

Flores had previously worked with Laudrup when the Dane was in charge of Mallorca.

And the defender admitted the former Barcelona and Real Madrid midfielder's presence at Swansea was a key factor in his decision to move to south Wales.

He said: "He was one of the main reasons I signed. He knows me as a person and a player, so I was honoured when the call came.

"I believe the manager will be good for Swansea and they have done extremely well to get him. Swansea's way of playing is the same style as he wants to play the game. He is the right person to take this club forward."

Former Spain Under-21 international Flores, who also had spells with Cadiz, Racing Portuense and Barcelona B, believes he will have little trouble fitting in to Swansea's attractive passing style.

"Being brought up in Spain, I have the same culture of possession and passing football," he said.

"I like to play from the back, come forward with the ball, and add to the possession game.

"I'm really looking forward to it. I have been studying Swansea on the internet and I know I am joining a club with passionate supporters who are very close to the players."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

C

lassic management. Build them up and then knock them back. Raise expectations and then dampen them. Create a dynamic where by you demand the most from your team, but where the team are given room to manoeuvre unexpected or unwanted results. Classy work by Van Gaal, he really reminds me a lot of me. A smart cookie, make no doubt.

hump3.
Van Gaal: 'I struggle for first three months'

H

e will be the England left back for ten years or more, and then you will have to thank MUFC for that. *smiles*

london saint
Shaw: Criticism spot on

P

urely because of that little diva moment he had last night, I don't want him coming to my club. DESTROYED ? Grow up and give something back to the club that helped put you up there on the world stage.

bale doubt
Saints' Schneiderlin stalemate

Footer 365

Transfer news: Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku set for £24million switch to Everton

Sky sources understand Chelsea's Belgium international striker Romelu Lukaku is set for a £24million move to Everton.

Transfer news: Stuttgart's Antonio Rudiger not thinking about interest

Stuttgart's Germany defender Antonio Rudiger says he is not thinking about the interest being shown in him from England.

Transfer news: Gus Poyet confirms Sunderland talks with Liverpool striker Fabio Borini

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has indicated a move for Fabio Borini could still be on after confirming talks with Liverpool.

Mail Box

Divock Origi Is Like Connor Sammon (Sort Of)

One Mailboxer inserts his tongue into cheek to offer his thoughts on Liverpool's newest signing. Plus thoughts on league-owned clubs, badges, and swearing...

Mails Come From A Land Down Under

We have an example of league-owned clubs from Australia while Kiwi boys want more respect for refs. Plus, Van Gaal won't stick with 3-5-2 and worried if Koeman will cut it...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property