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De Guzman hopes for settled Swansea stay

ESPN staff
March 23, 2013
Jonathan de Guzman is enjoying his time at Swansea - and wants that to continue © PA Photos

Jonathan de Guzman is aiming to extend his stay at Swansea beyond the end of the season in the hope of establishing himself in the Netherlands national side.

De Guzman, 25, made his first competitive appearance for his country in their World Cup qualifying win against Estonia and he believes stability at club level will lead to more international recognition.

De Guzman said: "Due to my foot injury, and the many changes of clubs, I was off the radar. But it was worth waiting for.

"I don't want to wander again. I hope I can bind myself for a couple of seasons at one place and, if it's up to me, that would be at Swansea."

He decided against representing the country of his birth, Canada, despite considerable pressure from his brother Julian, who has been capped 62 times by them.

"My brother Julian put some pressure on me and stated that he would love to play with me," De Guzman said. "But for me it was always clear that I would choose the Netherlands.

"The Oranje is world class and, if you want to battle in a big tournament, that is only possible with the Netherlands."

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