Date:Wednesday August 3 2011
Striker Gorka Pintado has thanked the supporters after leaving Swansea City by mutual consent.
The Spaniard was signed by former manager Roberto Martinez three years ago for a fee of around £100,000 but he failed to live up to the big reputation he had at his previous club CF Grenada.
Pintado struggled for games last season due to a shoulder injury but after his recovery he joined Cypriot side AEK Larnaca on loan in January. He started off well, scoring three goals in 2 games, but his spell there was cut short due to a knee injury.
Pintado told the Official Site:
'I would like to thank the supporters and the club for everything,''
'Everyone has been so warm and welcoming since I've been here.
'It's been a pleasure representing Swansea and I wish all the supporters and the club continued success on and off the field.
'I'm sad to leave, but that's football. I have had a happy three years here and it's nice to know that it has coincided with arguably the best three years in the club's history.''
Pintado will probably be best remembered for his goal at home against Cardiff City, equalising to make it 2-2:
'That was the best goal I scored for Swansea,''
'It was the best because I know how much it meant to the supporters at the time.''
'I have a few options open to me,'' added the 33-year-old. 'But my priority at the moment is to get myself fit again after such a nasty injury.''
Watch his goal against Cardiff City below:
Pintado scored 7 goals for the Swans, and one of them was a superb strike with the outside of his boot at home against Nottingham Forest.
Former boss Roberto Martinez got a bit too excited afterwards though, claiming the goal was worthy of a £7m striker.
You can watch it below:
Date:Wednesday August 3 2011
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