Leroy Fer Completes Rennes Switch
Fer spent four years with the Swans, after joining from QPR
Stade Rennais have confirmed the signing of Swansea midfielder Leroy Fer on a two-year-deal.
The French outfit had been reportedly interested in Fer for a number of weeks and a bid had been received by Swansea; however, no further news emerged regarding the players future.
Fer has spent four years at the Liberty Stadium, having made his loan move permanent from Queens Park Rangers in 2016. However, has struggled for regular game-time this year after he damaged his achilles tendon in February last season, resulting in the Dutchman missing the start of the campaign.
The 28-year-old has made just two starts this season, coming off of the bench on three separate occasions and struggling to break into the squad over the usual midfield duo of Jay Fulton and Tom Carroll.
Fer will depart at the start of January, after the deal was confirmed. It is rumoured that the deal is in the region of £3,400,000 with adds ons eventually causing the transfer to rise to £6,500,000.
Swansea manager Leon Britton said, "Leroy has been a fantastic player during his time at the club and has been a pleasure to work with on and off the pitch. He is a tremendously talented player, but things just haven't worked out for him this season and it's in both of our interests to do what's best for him and allow him to begin the next chapter of his career."
"I have a lot of time for Leroy and wish him the best of luck in France. I am confident he will be highly successful there."
Fer made 65 appearances prior to this season and scored seven goals for the club. He has thanked the fans for their support over the years. "I am very grateful to the fans who have supported me during my time at the club. I have enjoyed every moment and wish everyone the best of luck this season and beyond."
Jack: Yeah, I can understand that. I was particularly disappointed by the draw with Ipswich given they were a team I expected three points against. However, that isn't how football works and luckily we picked ourselves up and got results elsewhere.
And about Fer... Personally, I just can't find a way for him to get into the side and therefore I would rather cut ties and bring in a decent fee to improve elsewhere.
Griffin: That's very much the case. Hopefully we'll be able to do so soon, as the more we chase the less it's in our hands and I like to be in control of my own fate.
Justice: Those clean sheets were very important and gave a huge morale boost to the defence; who have been very impressive so far. I'm glad we're getting some momentum going!