Hernandez makes Swans switch
Swansea have completed the signing of Valencia winger Pablo
Hernandez for a club-record fee of ?5.55million.
The Spain international, who has four caps to his name, has
signed a three-year contract at the Liberty Stadium subject to
international clearance and comes in as a direct replacement for
Scott Sinclair, who sealed his switch to Manchester City earlier
Hernandez, 27, had voiced his desire to be reunited with Michael
Laudrup, having worked with the Swans boss while at Getafe.
And he was delighted to put pen to paper after passing his
medical, telling the club website: “I’m very happy to become a
Swansea City player.
“It was my target as soon as I knew there was interest. There
were offers from other clubs, but this was the only club I wanted
Hernandez becomes Swansea’s eighth summer signing and the fee
paid for the wide man just eclipses that paid by the South Wales
club to bring midfielder Ki Sung-yueng from Celtic last week.
Hernandez, who scored five times in 40 appearances for Valencia
last term, will not be available for Saturday’s Premier League
meeting with Sunderland, but is eager to get down to work with
Laudrup, one of his heroes.
“I want to thank the club and Michael Laudrup for making me feel
like a very important player. Now I want to repay that faith on the
football field,” he said.
“Swansea is a very important football club and will only keep
getting better. They were a good side last year and look even
better so far this season.
“I watched the game against West Ham on TV last week and they
played some good football. I also liked the atmosphere; the fans
are good and together with Michael Laudrup’s presence it’s an
“Michael was my idol when I was young.
“Then I was lucky enough to play under him at Getafe.
“I was a young player at Getafe and I learnt a lot from him. He
gave me confidence and I have a lot to thank him for. Now I want to
help him at Swansea in return, because he was very important for my