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Jonathan de Guzman has shown why Swansea boss Michael Laudrup rates him so highly with some outstanding performances for the Welsh club, none more so than in the 3-1 victory over Stoke in the English Premier League recently.

Michu has attracted the majority of the headlines at Swansea this season but the Spaniard’s team-mate Jonathan de Guzman is also making a big impact.

Attacking midfielder de Guzman arrived at the Liberty Stadium on a season-long loan from Villarreal in the summer just a year after joining the Yellow Submarine in a GBP7 million move from Mallorca.

Something of an unknown to many in England, Swans boss Michael Laudrup knew all about the Dutchman’s qualities having worked with him at Mallorca.

And de Guzman has shown why Laudrup rates him so highly with some outstanding performances for the Welsh club, none more so than in the 3-1 victory over Stoke in the English Premier League recently.

The 25-year-old has looked very much at home in the EPL and he scored twice against the Potters in yet another impressive Swans victory. Born in Canada, de Guzman played for Holland at under-21 level and he was called up to the Orange squad for their friendly against Italy.

De Guzman is due to return to Villarreal at the end of the season and it is no surprise that Laudrup is eager to keep the talented midfield maestro.

“He is on loan until the end of the season, and then what happens, happens,” said Laudrup.

“Of course he is a player I would like to stay and I hope we can work a deal out with Villarreal, it would be great. I think Jonathan is very happy here but again, there are more interests to consider and it is not enough that I want him, that Swansea want him and what Jonathan wants. It depends a lot on what Villarreal want, but we are going to try and do what we can and we will see if it’s enough.”

And the Dane was full of praise for the playmaker’s recent performances, which have seen him start all but one of Swansea’s seven matches during a hectic three-week period.

“He covers a lot of space and when he starts to run with the ball he keeps the pace, which is very difficult,” said Laudrup.

“He scores goals as well and has assists and has been important for us. I am happy, happy for him.”

When Swansea lost key players such as Joe Allen and Scott Sinclair in the summer it was feared they would struggle to replace them. But signings such as de Guzman, Michu and Pablo Hernandez have taken them to the next level.

Laudrup has stuck with the attractive brand of passing football that Swans fans have become accustomed to in recent years and they have become more ruthless under the legendary Dane. It is no surprise Laudrup is eager to secure a permanent deal for de Guzman, who has enhanced his reputation in his first season in the EPL.

The fear for the Welsh club is that Gylfi Sigurdsson was also hugely impressive in a loan spell at the Liberty Stadium and his form alerted rival clubs.

Iceland midfielder Sigurdsson opted to join Tottenham over a return to South Wales but Laudrup will be hoping De Guzman can be persuaded to extend his stay at the club.

But regardless of where the dynamic Dutchman is playing his football next season, Swansea fans can enjoy watching him for the remainder of the campaign and on current form he can inspire them to many more victories.

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