Wilfried Bony downplays transfer reports

Wilfried BonWilfried Bon – who’s a favourite with pay per head wagering companies around the world – downplayed reports that linked him with moving in January to one of Swansea City’s rivals in the Premier League.

Bony, who went to the Africa Cup of Nations after Thursday, when Swansea had a draw of 1-1 with QPR, was seen as a possible target this month with clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City.

But the player – an Ivory Coast international and the team’s record signing – said that there currently aren’t any plans for his exit from Liberty Stadium.

“No, I just know that this is football,” he said. “If something happens, we can deal with that, but for now I’m just focusing on the Africa Cup of Nations.”

In the meantime, Ki Sung-yueng, his team-mate, was urging the team to do everything they can to keep Bony’s services, who in 2014 was the highest scorer in the Premiere League.

“He’s a massive weapon for our team,” he said. “Besides scoring goals, he can hold the ball, he can pass the ball and he can lift the team.

“So hopefully he will want to stay until the end of the season.

“Clubs are interested in him because he’s a good player, he’s a top player in the league.

“I hope he stays to help us go forward more in the table.”

Bony gave assurances that after the tournament, what he wanted to do was to go back to Swansea, and believes that while he’s absent, his teammates will make it to a better position.

“I hope [they will do] well,” the player added. “I wish them the best for the new year and hope to see them in a better position than now [when I get back].”

The South Korean also won ‘t feature for Swansea in several matches ,as at the Asian Cup he’s set to join his country, and the player is not very excited at all about to leaving the club now, as they’re in a very important stage.

“This period is very crucial for our team, but I have to leave for the national team, so I feel sorry for the boys and the manager,” he said. “I think the boys will handle it well and when I come back I’ll do my 100 per cent best for the team.

“Good luck to the boys, I just feel sorry about leaving.”