Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
Diminutive midfielder Leon Britton has declared it is imperative that Ferrie Bodde should be retained at all costs.
Paul Jewell's £500,000 bid plus a £250,000 add on should the Pride Park club secure promotion to the Premiership, has been rejected out of hand by Huw Jenkins who declared the bid "laughable." It would be a huge loss ahead of the most challenging season for the club to date for the club in decades.
Bodde has become a instant fans favourite with his trademark free kicks and fantastic distribution. Should Swansea sell one of the clubs most prized players it would be at a hugely significant profit for a player signed for just £85,000, 12 months ago. In that time Bodde has made 34 appearances for the club this season and has scored 8 goals in all competitions.
It has led to a call from one of the clubs stalwarts Leon Britton that he wants the club to do everything in their power to keep the Dutchman. Britton has also praised the former Ado Den Hagg for his vision and has declared the quality the Delft born player brings to a squad will be very hard to replace.
Britton Told The WM:
Of course it`s important we keep Ferrie,he said.Like everyone here, I really hope the club makes sure he stays.It`s not hard to see how much he brings to this team. He settled in very quickly and his vision and passing is just brilliant.Players like that are really hard to find. If he does go, it won`t be easy to replace Ferrie."
Playing alongside him in midfield you get to see how he influences a game.He sees things and find passes that a lot of players wouldn`t even think of.I know if I make a run that Ferrie will usually find me. He has got that vision and it helps keep the team moving.
He is a top player, especially in League One last year. He will be looking to do the same in the Championship."
Moving up a division you have to keep your best players," he said. "It`s a tough league and it`s important to keep the squad that got you there together. Clubs need to strengthen in order to survive after promotion. You have to avoid anything that will weaken the team at all costs.
That`s definitely the case with Ferrie. He is a vital player for us and we will need him in the Championship."
Date:Wednesday May 21 2008
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