Bafetimbi Gomis completed his move to Swansea late on Friday evening, and has since then given his reasons behind joining the club. As one of the most sought-after free players on the market, Gomis was by no means short of suitors, but the Welsh side proved to be the most appealing option for the Frenchman. He said:
‘I was really impressed by speaking with the manager and the president in the recent days. They showed me they really wanted me, and that’s one of the reasons why I chose Swansea more than any other club. For a year they tried to sign me. It did not happen, but they continued to try and now I’m here. I followed Swansea a little more closely for a year, and it is a proud club with a strong philosophy.’
‘This is a club that is growing and I am honored to have the opportunity to be part of it. I have seen many of their games last season and I think the game will suit me, it is a collective approach, a passing game, which I appreciate. I’m looking forward to playing in the Premier League, as it is my first time outside of the championship of France.’
However, Jean Michel Aulas was less than impressed by Gomis’ choice of destination. Aulas was thought to have accepted an offer by Swansea a year ago, but the deal was blocked by Gomis himself, who did not consider Swansea a big enough challenge. A year later, Gomis left Lyon for free, and chose Swansea, in Aulas’ eyes, because he was offered a good salary.