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De Guzman targets permanent deal at Swansea

JONATHAN DE GUZMAN hopes he will be able to seal a permanent move to Swansea after starring in the weekend win over Stoke.

The 25-year-old has impressed since joining Swansea on a season-long loan from Villarreal, and he was again on form as he netted a superb second-half double in the 3-1 win over the Potters.

The Dutchman first beat Asmir Begovic with a stunning free-kick, before coolly adding his second from Danny Graham's pass.

De Guzman's guile and vision has added an extra dimension to Swansea's play, and he hopes a deal can be agreed before his loan spell runs out.

"If there is an opportunity I would really love to stay," he said.

"I am very happy here. It's a great group, not just the players but the guys around the place, the staff and the fans. It's a family club and I really like that. There is something good happening here."

De Guzman's form has started to attract the attentions of the Dutch national coach Louis van Gaal, and his assistant Danny Blind was at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday. De Guzman has been capped at under-21 level and would like the chance to make his bow for the senior side.

He said: "Yes, I was aware he (Blind) was there -- that's why I scored the two goals!


"They are keeping an eye on a couple of the Dutch players here and I think I had a decent game. I am very happy with how it went, so we'll see."

De Guzman is also confident Swansea will not crumble under the weight of expectation as they look to seal a first major Wembley final appearance against Chelsea. The Swans head into Wednesday's second leg of the League Cup semi-final with a 2-0 advantage after a stunning smash-and-grab raid at Stamford Bridge.

Swansea have lost just twice at home this term and their two Premier League meetings against Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium have ended in 1-1 draws. A repeat on Wednesday would see Swansea advance.

"We certainly respect Chelsea but there isn't any fear," said De Guzman.

"We are 2-0 up, playing at home, which is where we play our best football... we have a very good chance."