Date:Saturday June 14 2008
Roberto Martinez has hit back against criticism over his foreign transfer policy that has looks set to see 5 non British players coming into the club this summer.
Expected to sign for Swansea City in the near future could be Albert Serran who was released by Espanyol manager Tintín Márquez. Should the defender sign for the Liberty Stadium club it would take the Spanish contingent up to six after the signings of Jordi Gomez and Gorka Pintado.
Some critics have hit out at Martinez's policy declaring the incursion of foreign players is restricting the chances of young local players to push into the Swansea ranks. Despite those concerns it has not prevented Martinez from looking far and wide in his European search for players. Working hard on a daily basis the player turned manager has travelled back and forth Spain to bring the players needed for next season championship assault.
There will be Welsh representation in Swansea City's squad next season by the £400,000 record breaking signing of Wales international Ashley Williams from Stockport County, who impressed on loan at the tail end of last season.
The Spaniard has also declared he only wants players who are fully committed to the club and are hungry for the success in South Wales regardless of which country the player comes from.
Martinez Told The WM:
|"People talk about the number of foreigners, but it isn't a concern here. Everyone that plays for this club, whatever nationality they are, still has to have the Swansea City mentality. That is a big priority for me. Everyone that plays here has to tick all the right boxes. I won't look at players that don't.|
They must be hungry for success, understand what it means to represent this club and want to embrace our fans. They must have a desire to progress in the same way we do. So there are many requirements they have to meet, where they come from isn't one of them. I don't care about nationalities, I care about characters and people that are right for this club.
You only have to look at last year to see how easily players settle at this club. And now I have the likes of Angel Rangel, Guillem Bauza and Andrea Orlandi, who, having gone through it all last year, can make the process much quicker. They know what it takes to be successful here."
Date:Saturday June 14 2008
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