Writer: Danny Cosker
Date:Wednesday August 10 2011
Swansea City's young midfielder Joe Allen is 'very flattered' and 'pleased' to sign a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
Brendan Rodgers has labeled Joe Allen as a Welsh Andres Iniesta or Xavi with his architectural vision on the football field.
The 21-year-old is now full of confidence after securing his new contract:
'It's a great feeling for me,' said Allen. 'Talks have been on going for a little while but it's great to come to an agreement and finally sign.
'It's very flattering and I'm very pleased with it.'
Joe Allen, of course, is a project of the youth academy - making his first-team debut in 2007 as a 17-year-old:
'The club have looked after me since a young age and once again they are looking out for my interests,' added the two-cap Wales international.
'They've showed a lot of faith in me and being a young player I can't ask for more than that.
'For me and the other young players here it's a good sign of where the club are looking to go.'
Joe Allen's contract follows the successful negotiations with Club Captain Gary Monk, who signed a three-year deal on Tuesday.
With the signing's of Danny Graham, Leroy Lita, Wayne Routledge, Steven Caulker and Jose Moreira already tied-up - Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be happy with how the squad is shaping up with the arrival of goalkeeper Michel Vorm expected this week and the start of the Premier League campaign less than a week away. Joe Allen is surprised just how quickly the opening game against Manchester City has come around:
'This game has come around very quickly,' said Allen. 'We've obviously been looking forward to this day for a while.
'You could say the preparations have now just about finished and it's now time to get down to business.
'Technically, Man City are very good, but they are also probably the biggest side physically in the league. I've been in the gym all summer trying to bulk up, but I think I've got a long way to go!
'But we've all got to stand up and be ready.'
Date:Wednesday August 10 2011
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