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Ashley Williams exclusive: Captain delighted with Swansea transfer business

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Ashley Williams has exclusively told GiveMeSport that he is delighted with Swansea's transfer business so far this summer, and believes boss Garry Monk has got his side in good shape ahead of their Premier League curtain raiser against Manchester United on Saturday.

Williams recently committed his future to the club by putting pen to paper on a new four-year contract that will further extend his six-year stay in south Wales.

Signings

So far the Swans have signed six new players; Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bafetimbi Gomis, Jefferson Montero, Lukasz Fabianski, Marvin Emnes and Stephen Kinglsey, while they've also been linked with the likes of Nice defender Timotheé Kolodziejczak and Argentina World Cup centre-back Federico Fernandez.

Despite having lost key stars such as Ben Davies and Michel Vorm to Spurs, and striker Michu to Napoli, Williams believes that the Swans are looking strong thanks to their work in the transfer market so far.

Impressed

He told GiveMeSport: "All of the new boys look good, they've come in and done really well.

"Gylfi Sigurdsson looks far more advanced than when he was here before, he looks like a great addition. To be fair all of them have added something, Jefferson Montero is very quick, Bafetimbi Gomis is big and powerful up front and has scored a couple in pre-season.

"We lost Michel Vorm to Spurs so we got Fabianski from Arsenal who is a very experienced goalkeeper and has played football at the top level so I'm sure he will help us as well."

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Vorm joined Spurs in a deal worth around £3.5 million last month while Davies' move was a straight swap for Sigurdsson, but with Neil Taylor back from injury and Fabianski taking up the gloves, Williams says Swansea haven't been weakened by their departures.

"Both [Vorm and Davies] are good players but the club have signed a new goalkeeper and we've got Neil Taylor who sat on the sidelines all last year, so hopefully we can field a team that's just as strong. That's just football and we know that sort of thing happens so we move on and get on with it."

The Wales captain reserved special praise for Sigurdsson, who he says has taken his game to a new level after two seasons with Tottenham.

Loan

The Icelandic midfielder made 18 appearances for Swansea during a loan spell from Hoffenheim in 2012, scoring seven times in the process. He seemed set to make his move to the Liberty Stadium permanent but following the departure of then boss Brendan Rodgers, eventually joined Spurs that summer.

The 24-year-old struggled to hold down a regular starting spot during his time at White Hart Lane and has now returned to Wales, but Williams believes that Tottenham's loss is Swansea's gain.

"As a player he looks more accomplished now and he knows himself better, and has a lot more confidence," he explained.  

"He's come back and impressed us all and we are very happy to have him. I think he has a lot to offer for us, he can create goals and score them as well."

Turnaround

Swansea finished 12th in the Premier League last season having sacked former manager Michael Laudrup in February, with Monk initially taking over on a temporary basis before being handing the job permanently. 

That marked Swansea's worst performance since they secured top-flight status in 2011, and Williams revealed that they have been putting in the hard work to ensure that doesn't happen again - with Monk overseeing every aspect of training.

Describing the double training sessions ordered by Monk as 'difficult', the 28-year-old revealed: "It's been a lot more intense on the field [compared to last summer] and off the field we have a lot more meetings and video meetings. We've all been given an iPad that everyday has videos uploaded of training. The manager is keen on looking at the details of training and getting us to think about it a lot more. It's been a very thorough pre-season."

Eye for detail

"After every session there is videos and we go back over it the next day. the same with every game, we always try to focus on the little details and get better," he added.

Although Monk's men stumbled to a 3-0 defeat in their final pre-season outing against Spanish side Villarreal, there is a confidence amongst the group that this campaign could be one to remember ahead of their first game at Old Trafford this weekend.

"We haven't really set a target for the new season in terms of a league position, but we all know we have to do better than last season and we don't want to be in the predicament where we are fighting to stay in the league," Williams explained.

"We want to get back near the top which is where we have been for the previous few seasons. It might be a bit easier without the Europa League distraction and we know we can fully focus on the Premier League games.

"Once the season comes and the the games start coming, you can start thinking about different points total."

Ashley Williams is managed by New Era Global Sports Management - http://www.neweraglobalsports.com 

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