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Swans style appealed to Fernandez

first_img The 25-year-old passed a medical earlier this week, and is expected to be in Swansea’s squad for their league game against Burnley at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, when manager Garry Monk will look to build on last weekend’s 2-1 win at Manchester United. Fernandez’s arrival at Swansea from Napoli will bolster Monk’s centre-back options, which currently include captain Ashley Williams, Jordi Amat and Kyle Bartley. “I t has alwa ys been my dream to play in the Premier League – it is the best in the world – and I’m grateful to Swansea for giving me this opportunity,” Fernandez told the club’s official website. “I asked Michu and Jordi Amat about the club. I obviously trained with Michu at Napoli, and while I was on loan at Getafe (in 2013) I played with (former Swansea loan player) Alvaro Vazquez. He is very good friends with Jordi, so I’ve spoken to them too. “Michu told me it is a family club and the city is very relaxed. He said I was joining a very good club. All I’ve heard are good things about Swansea.” Fernandez has won 26 caps for Argentina, including making four appearances at the World Cup in Brazil earlier this summer. He made his international debut against Ecuador three years ago, while his first World Cup finals appearance came during the 2-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Rio de Janeiro. He joined Napoli in 2011 from Estudiantes for around £2.5million, helping them land the Coppa Italia last season during a campaign when they also finished third in Serie A. Argentina defender Federico Fernandez says he can identify with Swansea’s style after agreeing a four-year deal to join the Barclays Premier League club. Fernandez additionally featured in Napoli’s Champions League and Europa League campaigns, although he was not involved in either leg of the Europa League last-32 tie against Swansea. “I can identify myself with the Swansea style. I like to play the ball from the back and, of course, I love to defend too,” Fernandez added. “I was impressed last weekend with the team’s performance and result against Manchester United. “It was a very intelligent performance. The team really took its opportunities, and it was a fantastic start to the season. “I just can’t wait to start training and playing games.” Press Association Fernandez also revealed he had received a number of recommendations about the Welsh club, including one by Spanish striker Michu, who is currently on loan at Napoli from Swansea. The Swans stated on their website that Fernandez has signed for an undisclosed fee, subject to international clearance. last_img read more


Philip Bowcock – William Hill sees international growth as the fix for potential UK downturns

first_img Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Updating investors on William Hill Plc Trading, Group CEO Philip Bowcock has detailed that the  FTSE bookmaker will move to prioritise expansion within overseas markets in an attempt to combat any potential growth impacts felt from forthcoming UK regulatory increases.William Hill recorded positive results for its 17-week trading period to 24 October, however, Bowcock believes further international growth will plug any gaps in UK revenue triggered by the forthcoming fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) restrictions.He said: “We are still predominantly UK-based with UK revenues, and if you think that regulation is only going in one direction then by default you need to start thinking about diversification outside the UK.”The statement also detailed strong US growth, driven by mobile growth, a factor that William Hill will look to build on in 2018. The company is further “looking forward to” the impending Supreme Court decision relating to the relaxing of the laws surrounding sports betting, and a positive result will inevitably further the plans for an extended international footprint.In terms of having the right personnel in place to oversee this growth and transition, as group leader Bowcock speaks with confidence with regards to William Hill’s new executive team and governance, describing leadership as “well set” to deliver on corporate goals, as “the evidence of the last twelve months has proven that”.The Australia ProblemAs detailed in the Q3 trading statement, there was a 5% drop in amounts wagered in Australia – a blight on an otherwise positive quarterly update. Bowcock highlighted the ban on bookmakers offering credit to customers, which came into place at the end of April, as the primary factor for the decline. The Point of Consumption (POC) Tax has also been in place in the state of South Australia since July, and Bowcock notes that William Hill are “working on the assumption” that this will become a nationwide tax by 2019. With that in mind, he describes how the company is “being very careful about investment at this time”, and is deploying a short-term mindset when dealing with this market. Nevertheless, Bowcock dismissed any idea of William Hill abandoning the Australian market completely, noting that “they bet more than anyone else, and that makes it a very interesting place to be”. He summarised by saying “we are comfortable with where we are and we continue to aim to grow”.last_img read more