Swansea seal 5.55m deal for Hernandez to smash club record fee… by 50,000!
16:31 GMT, 31 August 2012
Swansea have completed a club record deal for Pablo Hernandez.
Just a week after landing Celtic star Ki Sung-Yueng for 5.5million, they have paid Valencia 50,000 more for the Spanish winger.
The 27-year-old has four caps for his country and is a major coup for the Welsh side.
Delight: Pablo Hernandez was desperate to join up with manager Michael Laudrup
He said: '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 to join.
'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.
'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 exciting package.’
Hernandez revealed that Laudrup was the key factor in his arrival at the Liberty Stadium.
He added: '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 career.’
Laudrup said: 'I managed Pablo in Getafe and he did fantastic for us. He did so well and went back to Valencia, who are the equivalent in Spain of Arsenal over here.
Big name: Hernandez is a major coup for Swansea – and a new club record signing
'He has played a lot of games in the Champions League games in the last three seasons and made his debut in the national team. I am looking forward to working with him again; he is a good player with the right mentality.
'He specifically wanted to come here. The other players who have come here have come from smaller clubs, and here is a player from the third biggest club in Spain and he wants to come here. It is great for us.'