Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson, football player for the Welsh team Swansea in the English Premier League, says that the team is ten times better than he expected before he arrived there on a loan-contract from the German team Hoffenheim in January. Gylfi has already scored five goals in nine games, making him the team’s third highest scoring player of the season, so it is safe to say that he is fitting well in with the team, mbl.is reports.
Gylfi Þór Sigurðsson.
In an interview with WalesOnline, Gylfi said about Swansea that: “I knew they would be quite good on the ball and they had the confidence to play. But when I joined here they were 10 times better than I expected. We are given the confidence by the manager to play football and if we would play any other way I don’t think the team would be so successful.“
Markus Babbel, coach of Hoffenheim, now assumes that the team will have Gylfi back this summer when the loan-contract with Swansea expires, he said in an interview with the Daily Mail. Gylfi still has two years remaining of his contract with Hoffenheim. Brendan Rodgers, manager of Swansea, has not been subtle with the fact that he is interested in making a long-term contract with Gylfi, mbl.is reports.
Midfielder Joe Allen said that the team would be thrilled if they would be able to keep him because of how talented he is in so many aspects of football. He hopes Gylfi is willing to stay because every single Swansea supporter wants to keep him, Allen told WalesOnline, mbl.is reports.
Ernst Tanner, Hoffenheim manager, said in an interview with the Daily Star that he will consider selling Gylfi if an interesting offer arrives. Until now, no offers have been made, but if something comes up and Gylfi is willing to look into it, then the offer will be considered, said Tanner, mbl.is reports.
Guðjón Þórðarson, former coach of the Icelandic national football team, is the one who gave Gylfi his first real shot in English football when he was managing the third division English team Crewe and borrowed Gylfi from Reading in February 2009. Gylfi was only 19 years old at the time.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />
Guðjón said that Gylfi immediately demonstrated his ability as a hardworking and conscientious professional. He knew that this kid would go far, the only question was how far. Gylfi is hard working above all. He was constantly looking at video-clips of the games, he thought about football all day long, and was constantly seeking solutions even though he was very young when he joined the team, Guðjón said. He added that what made him special was the vision that he has on the game and Guðjón predicts that he will go to one of the big teams in England this summer, visir.is reports.